USA Triathlon re-launches official website

first_imgUSA Triathlon (USAT) has announced the re-launch of its official website,, while unveiling a full range of user-based functionality designed to inform, educate and entertain the multisport audience. The site was developed in collaboration with Digitaria, a leading digital marketing and technology firm based in San Diego, California.“After initiating a comprehensive strategy to re-invent our online presence, this new version of was created specifically with the multisport user in mind,” said Chuck Menke, USA Triathlon Director of Marketing and Communications. “If you are a long-standing member of USA Triathlon, or maybe someone considering your first-ever sprint race, we hope that our experiential content and online community will make visiting the site a daily ritual for anyone in our sport.”The completely revamped platform provides a host of new and significantly enhanced features:Personalization/Single Sign-On: Through a comprehensive integration with USA Triathlon’s membership database, annual members of the organization can now take advantage of a personalized experience through the site. This includes automated access to USA Triathlon rankings, sponsor discounts, membership renewal/registration, National Championships qualification, etc.Navigation/Design: In addition to receiving a visual make-over, is better organized following the implementation of streamlined navigation. For example, the new ‘USAT For Me’ portal allows users to more easily find information and sections that apply specifically to them. This includes customized educational resources such as webinars, camps, clinics and certification.Multimedia: Visitors to can consume a larger and more readily available library of video clips, photo galleries and podcasts. Much of the unique content has been produced only for the site – including training, racing and nutritional tips – and will be uploaded on a regular, on-going basis.Online Community: The home page now migrates intuitive Facebook and Twitter posts for each logged-on user, while forums allow various constituency groups – including age-group and elite athletes, race directors, clubs, coaches and officials – to communicate.Sponsor Real Estate: For the first time USA Triathlon members can directly access sponsor discounts and special promotions from select USA Triathlon corporate partners while also learning about the latest product lines and services from industry leaders.National Event Microsites: Each USA Triathlon National Championship is now afforded its own virtual home through the new site, facilitating information and functionality customized to each event. On the backend, the platform provides USA Triathlon national office staff members with greater control and flexibility through an improved content management system. Website analytics, server support/hosting capabilities, security and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)/Search Engine Marketing (SEM) have all been upgraded as well.Additional enhancements to the site are forthcoming, including phase two of the overall site build. A scalable, mobile-specific version of the site will also be introduced by the end of the year, and a new online store with originally produced USA Triathlon-branded merchandise and apparel is being developed for launch in Relatedlast_img read more

Rio History: Beachcombing

first_imgBy STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSWhen is the best time to go treasure hunting or beachcombing? If I had an Indian Head penny for every time I have been asked that question.Let me share some stories I’ve heard over the past 30 years.Local handyman Randy Baker had been walking behind the dunes north of town a few years back when he stumbled across the remains of an old campsite.“I guess the wind uncovered it” Randy said as he spilled his find out onto a table I easily identified several petrified horses teeth, and a couple of old Civil War bullets. Other bone fragments appear to be either leg bones from the horse whose teeth I held in my hand, or perhaps the remains of a side of beef roasted over an open fire a hundred years ago. Cattle ran freely behind the dunes of Padre over a hundred years ago. It was said that John Singer shipped some 1500 head to market in the years prior to the War Between the States; perhaps Randy had stumbled upon an old branding camp or he could very well have found the remains of a Civil War outpost. Regardless, Randy wouldn’t have found the camp had it not been for the wind moving the sand.Another man showed me several bison teeth, sharks teeth and fragments of bone from minute in size to a piece that weighed several pounds. Though he was reluctant to reveal exactly where he made his discovery, he did say it was about twenty miles up the beach which would have put him in the same general area that “Amazing Walter” found a fossilized mammoth tooth lying just under the sand back in 1987.Bill Bieker of McAllen, has a small collection of brass nails and spikes he has found during a lifetime of exploring the Island. These spikes are typical of what one could expect to recover from an ancient shipwreck.A twenty foot beam, found a few years back, was converted into a primitive bench by Eldon and Matt Foeckler, while several nice rough cut boards were made into table tops in the outside smoking section of our (now closed) coffee-pub.I have also found many varieties of trees including a huge white oak that washed up near the Regency Condominiums. Using a bulldozer, South Padre Island’s beach maintenance crews pushed it up to the high tide line. In a few short years it will be the base of a new dune.Exploring the beaches north of town, I almost ripped my oil pan out on the stump of an enormous cypress. I wished then, that I hadn’t sold my old winch truck.The branching roots from these swamp giants make excellent bases for glass topped tables.I’ve heard of people finding teak and mahogany logs after a good storm. That’s why I have made it a habit to examine the bigger trees in an effort to identify them. A beachcomber once  gave me the location of an ancient pecan he found about twenty miles north on the beach.“It looks as if it was a live tree caught by rising flood waters,” I was told.Unfortunately, no sawmill would want to cut such a find. The salt and sand embedded in the wood could quickly dull the sharpest mill saw. It would be different if it was found in fresh water, though.I once read a story of divers salvaging an old wreck in the Great Lakes. The cargo of bird’s eye maple planks, preserved in the icy cold lake waters for over 100 years, had developed a most interesting coloration. As a result, the shipment was worth over a million dollars in today’s market.Not all beachcombing is done on the beach. A friend who worked at AMFELS in the Port of Brownsville routinely finds dozens of spiny clams, corals and other marine life adhered to the legs of the oil rigs that are towed into the port for refurbishing.These shells are usually only found in the nets of commercial fishermen, so it is an unusual find for the average beachcomber. I have seen them priced from $40 in some of the local shell shops. The man showed me about twenty of the spiny clams and a box full of nice sized corral heads. The corral heads are kind of in a gray area for actual possession; some of the Texas corrals are now on the endangered species list.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedRio History: Wind, Rain and a Baking SunBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS When is the best time to go treasure hunting or beachcombing? If I had an Indian head penny for every time I have been asked that question… I prefer a windy day, low tide and right after a good November squall. The rain uncovers…December 21, 2018In “News”Rio History: Beachcombing TipsBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Last month’s high tides have created some of the best beachcombing conditions we have had in a long time. The best place and time for shelling, is along the wrack or trash line just after high tide. The shells found here are generally of…June 10, 2016In “News”Rio History: Beachcombing TipsBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Last month’s high tides have created some of the best beachcombing conditions we have had in a long time. The best place and time for shelling, is along the wrack or trash line just after high tide. The shells found here are generally of…December 22, 2017In “News” Sharelast_img read more