Feb 20, 2013 11:34 AM by Faye DeHoff
TUCSON - A new member has been appointed to the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority (PCSTA).
The Board of Supervisors has appointed Seton Claggett. Seton and Debbie Claggett are national leaders in the triathlon industry, founding TriSports.com in Tucson in 2000.
TriSports.com grew from an online business operated out of their home to a 32,000
square foot facility hosting a state-of-the-art retail store, warehouse, and corporate
headquarters. In 2012, they opened a Tempe retail store. The company now employs
over 40 people. The Tucson location is a destination for the many amateur and
professional triathletes who travel here for winter training.
The PCSTA develops and supports amateur and professional sports, businesses and
organizations to develop Pima County into an international sports tourism destination.
"We are fortunate to have Seton Claggett working to increase sports tourism to Pima
County," said Board Chairman Ramón Valadez. "With his Ironman Triathlete
background, successful event promotion experience, and business leadership, he is a
perfect fit for the PCSTA."
"We have been working hard for years within the triathlon market to bring athletes to
Tucson for training vacations, so I see working with PCSTA as an extension of what
we've already started in our niche, but with so much more support and with the
opportunity to affect a much larger audience," said Seton Claggett. "I'm excited at the
prospect of increasing awareness of Tucson as a top sports tourism destination!"
The Claggetts are also leaders in sustainable business development; TriSports.com
utilizes rainwater harvesting and solar power from a 128kW array that also shades the
parking lot. The TriSports.com recycling bin is four times larger than the garbage
dumpster, and the company reuses a vast majority of its in-bound packing material.
TriSports.com sponsors events like the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival where much of
the waste is recycled, from the usual plastic bottles and aluminum cans to unusual items
like energy bar wrappers.
The company also offers incentives for commuting to work by walking, running, or
bicycling, with over 60% of staff participating in the commuter program. In fact, the
League of American Bicyclists gave TriSports.com Silver ranking as a Bicycle Friendly
Business (BFB) in 2010. They were the first BFB in Arizona.