In a bid to get more young athletes involved in the sport of triathlon, ethos—the event organization behind the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon and the 2017 Lobsterman Triathlon—has announced their U23 initiative. This means registration costs for ethos races will now be reduced by 50 percent for athletes under 23 years of age.

The decision was made due to rising costs of gear and additional fees, meaning triathletes in college or starting post-graduate careers are often unable to participate. ethos wants to change that.

“Each year, I spend several thousand dollars in travel and race fees. When I select the races I’m going to enter, fees do come into play and it’s really tough because I need to go to the more competitive races to obtain a professional license,” shares Spencer Ralston, a 22-year old triathlete and student at St. Michaels College. “What ethos is doing is great. It is going to push more and more U23 athletes to these races and increase the level of competition.”

These reduced fees will apply to races of all distances under the ethos umbrella and are for individual race entries only; relay teams do not qualify.

“At ethos, we understand the cost of triathlon participation can quickly go beyond the reach of many young athletes,” explains Michael O’Neil, president of ethos. “I remember being a college athlete with no money. In addition to the equipment needed to participate, race registration fees quickly add up.  We believe the future of the sport lies in this young audience and we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate.”

Look for more young athletes on course at the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon, taking place in South Boston on July 30, 2017 and the Lobsterman Triathlon on September 16, 2017 at Winslow Park in Freeport, ME.