In the fast paced word of online information, this would be considered “old news,” but I wanted my readers to be aware of the changes in the Triathlon world that recently happened. Trisports.com, founded and run by Seton and Debbie Claggett, recently announced that they were closing tiger doors due to the final ruling on a lawsuit surrounding their bankruptcy from 2013.
On the one hand, I am sad to see a great company company close. On the other hand, I even more sad for the great people that made Trisports who it was. If you have spent any amount of time around here you know that I was sponsored by Trisports these last two seasons. The people were great to work with and an awesome support for my tri naming and racing. I also had a wonderful time writing articles for their Trisports University. If you haven’t check out that page, do it now before it goes away. (I have high hopes that at least TSU will continue even if their retail store does not)
So what does the future hold for Trisports? To be honest, I thought they would have closed up shop by now. They told us as sponsored athletes that they could be shutting down any day and it has been over 2 weeks since then. They ran a huge Labor Day sale with everything in their store being 30-60% off, and those sales are continuing! If you need something Triathlon related… now is the time to get it! They are a little slow on the shipping, but that is to expected with only a small number of employees still working and many of those being tiger front office people trying to man the warehouse until the online store closes.
For the industry this is a big hit because Trisports was a great contributor to the sport as a whole. They sponsored races, athletes, and gave a lot back in tiger community. Trisports will be missed, but for the remainder of the year I’ll be flying the Trisports flag out on the race course for my friends back in Arizona!
(As of the time of publishing Trisports was still running their website and taking orders. Go snag some great sales while you can. Just know that all sales are final, and be patient waiting for your order to ship!)