Hey endurance athletes, check out the new Austin Triathlon Club

Meghann Jones and Daniel Riegel have launched a new triathlon club in Austin. FAMILY PHOTO

Organizers of the new Austin Triathlon Club are hosting a launch party Monday at the Gingerman.

Daniel Riegel and Meghann Jones, who met through the DC Triathlon Club in Washington, D.C., decided to start a similar social and training club when they moved back to Texas. (Austin has had social triathlon clubs in the past, but they’re mostly inactive.)

“It’s not a team coaching program. It’s a social and training club,” says Riegel, president of the club.

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The non-profit, USA Triathlon-registered organization will offer group workouts, new triathlete mentoring, social events, race support, training weekends, triathlete panels, clinics, discounts and more resources for Austin area triathletes. The goal, Riegel says, is to give back to the Austin triathlon community.

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“We’re not trying to compete with any other teams, we just want to provide an accessible and affordable opportunity, especially for people who may just want to try out triathlon and connect with other triathletes,” he says.

Annual membership to the Austin Triathlon Club will cost less than $50 per year. For more information go here.

The kickoff happy hour is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Gingerman, 301 Lavaca Street.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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