Recently, we became a sponsor for the USA Ultra Triathlon. Over the course of a year, three events take place -- one in Florida (March), one in Oregon (July) and the other in Virginia (October). Steve Kirby, race organizer, has
been managing the races since 2004 with the most recent one taking place at Lake Anna State Park in Virginia in 2013.
About USA Ultra Triathlon
USA Ultra Triathlon was born November 2004 when Steve Kirby took over ownership of the Virginia Double and Triple IRON Triathlon from Odyssey Adventure Racing. It was around a dinner table shared with our Race Doc, George Wortley, and other friends that helped as staff, that different names were bantered around and USA Ultra Triathlon was decided upon as that allowed us to promote the race across the country wherever we could find a suitable race course.
The world’s original Double IRON was in 1984 in Huntsville AL and was successfully hosted there from 1984 thru 2006. The race was cancelled in 1997 because of logistics and a lack of volunteers.
Odyssey was formed in 1997 and was putting on its first set of ultra distance adventure races in 1998. They acquired ownership of the Huntsville Double IRON, which fit nicely into their mix of races, holding the first one in Virginia Beach that year. The Double IRON was moved to Colonial Beach, VA in 1999 and the Triple IRON was added as well. Both events were held in Colonial Beach in 2000 before they were moved to Lake Anna State Park in 2001.
USA Ultra Triathlon has continued holding the events at Lake Anna since then, looking elsewhere to hold another Double IRON due to increase in demand. Finally in March 2011 the first Double IRON was held in Tampa FL.
Steve Kirby started working with Odyssey Adventure Racing in 1998, while still on active duty in the Navy. He retired after serving 26 years and worked full time for Odyssey; handling applications, website upkeep, awards, timing, and athlete point of contact for questions and information. Steve left Odyssey in early 2004 to return back to school for another Bachelor’s Degree, Odyssey was sold at the end of 2004 and Steve acquired the Double and Triple IRON triathlons.
- Click here for the USA Ultra Triathlon website.
Thanks Kirby for asking us if we'd want to sponsor such a great event! Let the prepping begin for the next race/season.