With women’s specific races, teams and gear emerging in the triathlon community, the emergence of GoTribal, an organization that empowers women in triathlon, seems fitting. Gotribal is the brainchild of Tanya Maslach.

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“I was in Hawaii in the year 2000. I was a swimmer in college and I joined a Masters program there to stay fit,” explains Maslach. “A bunch of women encouraged me to do a triathlon. I didn’t think there was any way I could do it, and they kept encouraging me. When I finally did it, I participated with my husband’s mountain bike and an old pair of running shoes and I was completely hooked. Eight years later, I thought back on my experience and I wondered how I could help other women have the mentorship that I had back in 2000.”

From that experience, Maslach started GoTribal and created an organization to help ensure that fear of triathlon, or anything else, will not hold women back. The model for the organization is based on the members themselves. Maslach refers to it as a “pay it forward process.” Experienced triathletes mentor those new to the sport.

“They actively engage with each other in a way that I’ve never seen before,” says Maslach. “The common thread is the sport of triathlon, but the sport is only a means to a bigger end. Through their meaningful connections, the women are using triathlon to build themselves and their communities up.”

Maslach’s efforts have caught the attention of two-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington. The message resonates with Wellington and her own experiences, and she has given GoTribal her support.

“GoTribal will help you change ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’” – Chrissie Wellington

“Four years ago I was asked whether I would ever do an Ironman,” said Wellingon. “My response? ‘No way, you must be completely mad to do something like that!’ Imagine if I had never gone back on my word, if I hadn’t changed ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can;’ if I hadn’t dared to push myself harder, and most importantly what if I hadn’t had people to support, encourage, mentor and most of all make me believe in me? I am so proud and excited to be involved in the development of GoTribal.”

From Maslach’s and Wellington’s efforts the group has developed several “tribes” across the world, allowing women living in the same cities to meet and train together. Additionally, GoTribal has nearly 200 members sharing and communicating on a daily basis.

According to Maslach, the organization’s development is only in the beginning stages. With goals to expand the company’s global presence and update its website. It also plans to make a Gotribal annual race series in which women all over the world would compete on the same day.

To join or learn more visit Gotribalnow.com.