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Outspoken Women in Triathlon Summit Returns With Kick-Ass Keynotes

Published May 7, 2019

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Sarah True, Sally Edwards, and Dr. Rachel McKinnon to headline highly-anticipated event.

Boulder, Colorado, USA — May 7, 2019 — The Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit presented by Triathlete magazine is back after a sold-out inaugural year. Registration is now open for the 2019 event, which will encourage and advise attendees on how to develop personal leadership styles and rise through the ranks in the triathlon industry and beyond. Featuring keynote speakers including professional triathlete Sarah True, triathlon's iconic spokesperson Sally Edwards, and elite cyclist Dr. Rachel McKinnon, the 2019 Outspoken Summit will guide participants on a three-part journey to cultivate their leadership skills: self-reflection, vision, and action. The Outspoken Summit is scheduled for November 15-17, 2019 at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex in Tempe, Arizona. Registration for the Outspoken Summit—including two new in-depth pre-summit sessions—is open now at

2019 Outspoken Summit: Leading from the Inside Out
Presented by Triathlete Magazine
Friday, November 15th – Sunday, November 17th
Arizona State University
Tempe Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex
400 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85287
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The 2019 Outspoken Summit builds on the momentum of the 2018 summit, which sold out two months early thanks to strong programming, keynotes, and the participation of Meredith Atwood, Kathryn Bertine, Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold, Anne Hed, Rachel Joyce, Meredith Kessler, Julie Moss, and Dr. Stacy Sims, among others. This year's summit programming will take participants on a journey of self-reflection, as they consider their personal reasons for attending Outspoken; vision, as they set goals for the world they want to see; and action, as they learn techniques to lead from inside and create the positive change they envision for women in sports and sports business. Outspoken participants will develop their own leadership style over the summit and get guidance from women leaders inside and outside of triathlon on how to set and pursue their own personal goals.

"The response to Outspoken's inaugural summit demonstrates how vital the summit is to advance gender equity and diversity in triathlon," said summit cofounder Dr. Lisa Ingarfield. "Meaningful change cannot be enacted overnight. It must be thoughtful and include a multiplicity of voices. As the adage goes, it takes a village. The 2019 Outspoken Summit aims to grow this powerful village of committed and outspoken triathletes through self-reflection, in-depth discussion, and solution-oriented thinking."

Dr. Sara Gross, summit cofounder and Ironman champion, commented, "Through a series of thought-provoking talks and breakout sessions, 2019 summit attendees will be encouraged to look inward and will be given the tools needed to develop their own personal and organizational leadership styles. We will reflect together on the best ways to facilitate change and create the inclusive environment we crave in the sport we love."

"'Sport is a human right,' according to the International Olympic Committee, and I agree," said Dr. Rachel McKinnon, elite cyclist and transgender rights activist. "Everyone should have access to recreational and competitive sport. All athletes should feel welcome and appreciated for who they are. Sport is a model for and a reflection of who we are as a society, which means we must address discrimination and inequality head on and without apology. I believe the Outspoken Summit will help improve equity within triathlon—and in broader society. Join me in supporting Outspoken with #SportsIsAHumanRight."

"It's time," said Sally Edwards, one of triathlon's pioneering women athletes and coaches. "It's time that both equality and equity are key focuses of triathlon's national governing body, of race directors, and of the coaches and athletes of our sport. Outspoken helps to honor and advance women's participation both in triathlon and in sports."

"I feel humbled and honored to be named a keynote speaker for the Outspoken Summit," said Sarah True, professional triathlete. "This weekend will be filled with thought-provoking conversation and celebration. I'm looking forward to being a part of this movement."

"Triathlete is honored to be a part of Outspoken's continued effort to elevate female voices in endurance sports," said Erin Beresini, Editor-in-Chief of Triathlete Magazine.

This year's Summit adds two 6-hour pre-summit workshops. One session will take a much deeper dive into inclusivity and diversity in sports, and the other will address how to become a professional triathlete.

Outspoken 2019 moves to a larger venue in order to accommodate more participants. This year's summit location will be the Arizona State University Sun Devil Fitness Complex in Tempe. Registrants get access to all the world-class fitness facilities at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex.

About the Keynote Speakers

Sally Edwards, MA, MBA is one of America's leading experts in business, exercise science, and lifestyle living. She created the Heart Zones Training system. She is the National Spokeswoman for the Trek Women's Triathlon Series. She has completed over 130 women's triathlons during the past 20 years, volunteering often to finish as the "final finisher" so that no other woman has to finish last. Sally is a best-selling author with more than 20 books and 500 articles on health and fitness including the popular books, Triathlons for Women, Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook, and The Complete Book of Triathlons. Sally is a professional triathlete with 16 Ironman finishes and winner of the Western States Endurance Run. She has founded a half dozen business including Fleet Feet Sports, America's largest franchised chain of specialty running shops. She is a sought-after professional speaker and an inducted member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame. Today, Sally wields her passion for getting America fit through The Sally Edwards Company, a media company dedicated to uncommonly vibrant lifestyles, and through Heart Zones USA, an international training, education, and coaching company.

Dr. Rachel McKinnon is a professor, elite athlete, and activist for transgender rights. She is the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling world champion in the Women 35-44 Sprint event, giving her a unique perspective on transgender athlete rights. Rachel is the first transgender world champion in an Olympic event. She is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston and has published widely on topics in philosophy, transgender studies, psychology, and ethics including her book The Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant (Palgrave 2015), and dozens of journal articles, and book chapters. Rachel has published pieces on transgender issues in outlets such as The Washington Post, CBC Sports, The Independent, Outsports, and others. She is currently working on a variety of issues surrounding barriers to transgender athlete rights, including anti-trans harassment, gaslighting, and stereotypes. Rachel is training to win a Canadian national championship and to defend her masters world championship title in Manchester UK in October, 2019.

Sarah True is an American athlete who competes in triathlon. She represented the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in 2012, finishing in fourth place, and also at the 2016 Games. True is the winner of the 2007 ITU Aquathlon World Championships and finished in second place in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series. Sarah came fourth in her debut at the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

About Outspoken Women in Triathlon Summit
The Outspoken Summit is a partnership between Live Feisty Media and Shift Sports and presented by Triathlete magazine. Live Feisty Media produces the IronWomen and If We Were Riding podcasts, hosts written content at and provides live video coverage at numerous triathlon events in North America. Shift Sports is dedicated to assisting triathlon organizations, teams, and events in initiating and sustaining inclusive practices by looking beyond participation numbers alone. Register for the 2019 summit at

About Triathlete
Triathlete is the world's #1 triathlon resource and is published by Pocket Outdoor Media, the leading publisher in endurance sports. Triathlete is the presenting sponsor and exclusive media partners of the Outspoken Women in Triathlon Summit for 2018-2019. From web to print, podcast to social, the most active and influential consumers in cycling, triathlon, and running engaged with our content 311 million times last year. Our brands include VeloNews, America's leading bike racing media brand; Triathlete, the world's #1 triathlon resource; Women's Running, the most popular resource for women runners; PodiumRunner, the most trusted resource for performance-minded runners; Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, the world's leading bicycle trade journal; and VeloPress, the world's leading publisher of books on endurance sports. Pocket Outdoor Media is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. See more at

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