About the Elite Development Program
Team Psycho® created the Elite Development Program (EDP) as a not-for-profit program in 2001 when the sport of triathlon had made its Olympic debut and the funding for up-and-coming triathletes was scarce. The board and team members of Team Psycho® saw an opportunity to grow, support and fund local triathletes pursuing their dream of becoming Olympians.
Team Psycho® started funding athletes with potential and passion but without the structure and resources needed to get experience on the world stage. The funding was targeted to help with expenses and travel to races that would help an athlete’s world ranking, which would in turn help them qualify for the Olympic trials.
The pursuit of making an Olympic team requires dedication, perseverance, and a passion that reflects what our team knows as “Psycho Karma”. We believe that supporting these local triathlon heroes will inspire others, young and old, to achieve excellence in their own endeavors, sporting and otherwise.
Spreading the Karma!
EDP Sponsored Athletes
EDP Sponsored Teams
USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program
The USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP) (link) Resident Program currently based in Scottsdale, Arizona provides 6 standout athletes with the coaching and mentorship to help them develop from rookie professionals to contenders for 2016 and 2020 Olympic glory. EDP’s ground-breaking partnership with the CRP will provide these athletes with much needed funds to travel to races they might not otherwise be able to attend and give them much needed experience at the International level.
The Off The Front Multisport Team
Off the Front Multisport (OTF) is a collection of collegiate and post collegiate triathletes who share a passion to excel as professional triathletes, and a desire to pursue successful careers outside of sport. Team Psycho® was drawn to this highly motivated group because they are reflections of our team, displaying the highly elusive “Psycho Karma”. OTF athletes are dedicated to their young careers, their sport and to act as role models within the community. For more on OTF Multisport, please click here.
EDP Sponsored Races
Athletes need venues to compete, and the EDP has thrown support into several races whose mission dovetails with ours. To help the next generation experience the challenge of multisport and to help families embrace an active lifestyle, EDP will sponsor the following youth events this year:
Lincoln Kids Triathlon: Splash, Mash & Dash. This sprint triathlon for kids age 5-14 has attracted hundreds of kids from Massachusetts and nearby states: 10 years running and still growing in popularity and participation!
Past sponsored youth events include:
Thoreau Kids Fun Run & 5K. This family-focused event encourages kids and adults of all ages to participate while celebrating fitness and health.
New England Kids Triathlon. In its inaugural event in 2012, it attracted over 500 children, many of whom were competing in their first ever triathlon.
To ensure that the best competition in New England can make local appearances in competition and inspire competitors and fans alike, Team Psycho contributes prize money to a few of the most popular races. This year the EDP will support the following races:
Cohasset Sprint Triathlon. This excellent race, produced by our friends at Streamline Sports, sells out well in advance every year. It attracts hundreds of first-timers but also the cream of the local crop of elite triathletes.
Boston Triathlon. Boston’s only triathlon captures the essence of the city – historical, scenic, exciting, and fun. Swim in the clean, warm waters of Dorchester Bay, bike on flat, fast city streets, and run along the scenic Southie shoreline.
Duxbury Beach Triathlon. Another popular sprint event that attracts all levels of triathletes, the Duxbury race has been dubbed Team Psycho’s unofficial World Championships.
Tying the different facets of the program together, the EDP-sponsored athletes have volunteered at the youth races–encouraging the next generation and signing autographs for the kids—as well as strutted their stuff in the sponsored races.
Past Team Psycho® EDP athletes have done incredibly well on a national and world stage:
Jarrod Shoemaker, was one of only 3 U.S. male triathletes to make the 2008 Olympic Triathlon team and was a strong contender for the 2012 Olympic Team. Ethan Brown, was one of only 7 US male triathletes to qualify and race in the 2012 Olympic Trials in San Diego. And Alicia Kaye Shoemaker rose from rookie professional to one of the top female Olympic distance triathletes under her tenure with the EDP.
We continue to support Off the Front, and their crew of athletes, but in this all-important Olympic year, our focus is on those with the greatest Olympic potential. Our intent will be that in 2017, we will return to a more grass-roots focused program, searching out the best of the best in hopes of supporting those individuals thru 2020.
Finally, we will continue to back a tremendous group with the most upside potential of perhaps any of our athletes; the Lincoln Kids Tri. Stay tuned for details on your chance to volunteer for this amazing event in it’s 14th year.