The Oakland Triathlon Club (OTC) was found in March 2013 by Chris Van Luen, an East Bay native and firefighter/paramedic. He posted an event on meetup.com in hopes of decreasing the solidarity that triathlon training can sometimes bring, expecting his friend and previous OTC coach David Wild and maybe a few other people. Instead, over 70 people turned out, and Van Luen realized he could build a club that had a more “populist vibe to an often-expensive activity.”
Among over 30 triathlon clubs in the Bay Area, OTC quickly became popular due in part to many first-time athletes and was even voted Best Club by Competitor Magazine in its first year.
Through the years, OTC has worked towards inclusivity, including a pilot juniors program while focusing in our early years an elite development team. We were honored to be the team behind rising star Alistair Eeckman, in whose posthumous honor we work to expand access to the sport.
Since its beginning, OTC has made a priority of connecting triathletes to loaner gear, race discounts and coached workouts in addition to providing support to community organizations. Over the years, we’ve maintained the commitment of the founder to create the most diverse club in the Bay Area -- and also be the friendliest, most approachable club.
Code Of Conduct
The Oakland Triathlon Club (OTC) strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all who are interested in participating in multi-sport events. This Code of Conduct is intended to outline the standards that members of OTC are expected to uphold in order to retain the privileges of membership. Certain behaviors are unacceptable for members regardless of when or where they occur: if they affect other OTC members, the reputation and well-being of the club, or other participants in sporting events. Failure to abide by the guidelines may result in suspension or revocation of membership in OTC. Expectations for members include, but are not limited to, the following:
Exercise Honesty: Members shall be honest in their dealings with OTC and sporting officials. Members shall not knowingly submit false information to the club or to organizers of sporting events.
Train and Race Safely: When participating in OTC events, or at anytime representing OTC by wearing a team kit or gear, members will conduct themselves in a way that ensures their personal safety and the safety of others. This includes wearing appropriate safety gear, such as bike helmets, and riding safely and respectfully on a bike. Members shall be personally responsible for familiarizing themselves with the rules of the road, the rules of the sport, necessary safety precautions, and handling skills.
Avoid Abuse: Members shall not engage in behavior that may threaten or appear to threaten other individuals, nor shall members create a hostile environment at OTC events, in official OTC on-line forums, emails, or social media. Members shall refrain from inappropriate language or unsportsman/unsportswoman-like conduct toward club members or other participants at sporting events. We will not tolerate abuse in any form - physical, mental, sexual, or verbal.
No Discrimination: OTC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, religion, creed, or athletic ability. No manner of discrimination by club members, verbal or otherwise, will be tolerated in any function of the club whether in-person or on-line.
No Substance Abuse: OTC supports a club environment where all members train and race clean. Members shall not participate in OTC events while impaired by illegal substances. Members will adhere to the anti-doping guidelines set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Members choosing to drink at club social events must do so responsibly.
No Illegal Activities: Members shall not cause or participate in any illegal activity as defined by local, state, or federal law while participating in an OTC event.
Be Courteous To Others: Members are expected to be courteous and cordial to others (including, but not limited to, club members, spectators, guests and officials) at any club or sporting event. In the context of club interactions (both in-person and on-line), members shall not use any form of communication that is derogatory or personally damaging, nor conduct or condone any programs, activities, publications, speeches or conduct which is offensive, in poor taste, or otherwise considered detrimental to the best interests of the club.
Be Responsible: When signing up for a OTC event for which entry is limited or a fee is required, members shall exercise their best efforts to attend, and if unable to attend, shall notify the event's organizer as early as possible but no later than 24 hours in advance.
Make Payments Promptly: Members shall make prompt payment to the club of any outstanding balance, including but not limited to payment of fees for membership, special events, and any clothing or equipment.
Respect Club Partnerships: OTC may have official partnerships with local and national businesses which provide members access to benefits, discounts, and services. Members shall use discretion when dealing with our partners, including the use of discounts and adherence to our partner's policies, to ensure the club maintains strong relationships.
For any questions regarding these expectations, or if you feel that another club member is not following the code of conduct, please contact OTC leadership immediately.
Based on the DC Triathlon Club Code of Ethics and Conduct