SAN DIEGO, CA – February 11, 2013 – Triathlon Business International (TBI), an industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, announced its male and female winners of the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year Award.
Ron Smith Triathletes of the Year – The award, named after Ron Smith, one of triathlon’s earliest pioneers, recognizes a male and female triathlete who best demonstrate a combination of strong moral character, athletic performance and professionalism in the sport of triathlon. The award acknowledges triathletes who are not only strong competitors, but also are a role model to all; and who help promote the sport and pave the way for future triathletes.
Jordan Rapp – Rapp elbowed his way into triathlon from a background that included neither swim, bike nor run. He entered the 2012 season as the reigning ITU World Long Course champion, and as a 3-time Ironman champion and Leadman champion. He exited 2012 as a 2-time Leadman winner and 5-time Ironman champion, winning Ironman Texas and New York, the latter the U.S. Ironman Championship. He has raised $160,000 for World Bicycle Relief, including donating his Specialized Shiv as a part of his WBR fundraising efforts. Through Rapp’s efforts alone 1,200 bicycles are ridden today by people in sub-Saharan Africa who desperately needed transportation. Rapp is the CTO for Slowtwitch.com, and as the first-ever F.I.S.T. instructor remains one of the foremost experts worldwide in triathlon bike fit. In 2010 he survived an almost-life-ending bicycle accident that cost him a year of training and racing.