Steel Valley Triathlon Club
The Steel Valley Triathlon Club (SVTC) is an organized, non-profit group, interested in the development of triathlon and multisport disciplines in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. They provide training information and opportunities to their members. Additionally, they hope to increase the number and quality of racing options in their area. The SVTC strives to provide a fun, healthy, and social atmosphere for members to pursue their individual development and achievements in the sport of triathlon.
The Steel Valley Triathlon Club truly represents a diverse group. Thus, all ages, interests, abilities, and experience are welcomed and valued equally.
Earlier, Boardman, Ohio’s Davis YMCA recognized a demand and need for information and training on the fast growing sport of triathlon. They started a six-week triathlon class called “Youngstown YMCA Tri Club”. This class quickly became popular with over fifty enrollees. The triathlon class continued with two additional six-week sections for a total of eighteen weeks. These sections ran from mid January to mid May. The classes included coached group swim, bike and run workouts. In addition, they taught other related information: swim stroke analysis, general bike maintenance/repair, open water swims, transitions, and nutrition.
The three 6-week class sections finally ended. However, an unexpected group of class participants continued their workouts together through the summer and into the following winter triathlon class. New friendships developed, members traveled together to races, and shared experiences. Through it all, the group supported each other.
The fall of 2006 marked the end of the second successful year of triathlon classes and race season. A core group of members decided to expand from the triathlon class to an official club outside the YMCA umbrella. The formation of the club allowed them to branch out. They included previously left out individuals and families from all surrounding areas.
As the Steel Valley Triathlon Club expands, their encouraging and intimate atmosphere remains a crucial part of their values. This atmosphere strongly contributed to the success of the former class. The SVTC hopes that triathletes and aspiring triathletes in many smaller communities in Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and the greater Youngstown area will come together in pursuit of our mission.
We welcome the Steel Valley Triathlon Club to our Elite Team.