About the Race
The Bozeman Triathlon is in its first year under new leadership, however, Bozeman has hosted a triathlon at the East Gallatin Recreation Area for many years. It has been known as the Bozeman Tritons Triathlon most recently and the Treasure State Triathlon before that. The race directors plan to have a family-friendly, hometown race that attracts athletes who want to win and also who just want to have some fun. Timing is being provided by Competitive Timing.
About the Wildland Firefighter Foundation
The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s exists to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. They honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.
- The organization that provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen and injured wildland firefighters.
- Capable of immediately responding to situations that involve the loss or injury of a wildland firefighter.
- Providing programs that tell the story of fallen wildland firefighters so that preventable deaths are limited.
- Partnering with agencies and others to work toward preventing line of duty deaths and provide timely safety messages.
About the Race Directors
Matthew has been involved in the sport of triathlon since 1993. Parks has raced both road and off-road triathlons. Notable races include the Alcatraz Triathlon in 2000 along with many XTERRA races, including qualifying for XTERRA Nationals in 2007 (raced) and 2009. He finished 4th in the Mountain region while racing the XTERRA circuit in 2007. He owns and operates Moving Forward Triathlon & Endurance in beautiful Bozeman, MT. He coaches individual athletes as well as groups such as the Women Who TRI year round. He is a certified USA Triathlon Level 1 coach, National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist, and also has a Bacehlor's degree in Health and Human Development from Montana State University-Bozeman. Parks also coaches the Montana State University Triathlon Club. He also holds summer training camps for youths (6-12) and juniors (13-15).
Chris O'Connor did her first triathlon in 2014 and has been hooked ever since. She still remembers crossing the finish line of that triathlon and the first thing she said was: "That was so much fun, I can't believe it's already over". In that year she went on to complete 3 more triathlons including sprint, Olympic and 70.3 distances. She has also completed two Ironman triathlons - Louisville in 2015 and Coeur d'Alene in 2016. She loves the sport of triathlon and is very excited to be part of the 2018 Bozeman Triathlon race committee.
Mariah knows first-hand the importance of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation thru a line of duty injury back in 2007. Her family received generosity, support and financial assistance from the Foundation due to burn related injuries sustained from a wildland fire in Hell’s Canyon area of Idaho. Mariah continues to work on Wildland fire teams regionally and has witnessed others benefiting during critical times of need from the Foundation.
“The Wildland Fire community is a close-knit family and you get to know one another in our small world, the Foundation steps in to help - often times when the worst has occurred to a loved one, they are there providing support, counseling, financial assistance and more the day of or within a couple days,” said Mariah
Mariah has competed in trail races and triathlons throughout her 20’s and 30’s, she looks forward to putting on the Bozeman Triathlon to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.