Media Alert: Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series Acquires Piranha Sports

Media Alert:  Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series Acquires Piranha Sports
Media Alert: Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series Acquires Piranha Sports
DURHAM, North Carolina — The Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series is excited to announce the acquisition of Piranha Sports and eight of its triathlons that take place in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Piranha Sports started 17 years ago with a mix of road and multisport races and has expanded over the years to a full lineup of triathlons and endurance festivals. There are two more events on the 2017 calendar — the Diamondman Challenge Festival, Sept. 10, and the Marshman Tri & Du, Sept. 17.
The Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series will assume full control of the Piranha Sports brand after Marshman and has plans to re-invigorate and grow multisport events throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. The two Maryland events will go into the VMTS and the remaining races will be the foundation for our team to expand racing opportunities across the Mid-Atlantic Region.
"We are excited to take over a great series of races and further expand the racing opportunities for triathletes in the Mid-Atlantic Region," VMTS owner Greg Hawkins said. "Neil has put in 17 years of hard work and we wish him the best in his new endeavors."
Piranha Sports founder Neil Semmel said he's looking forward to attending the events he used to manage as a triathlete starting in 2018.
"After 17 years growing Piranha Sports, it was important to me to find an experienced race director who would continue the events," Semmel said. "I'm confident that Greg is the perfect fit to continue with Piranha Sports. I look forward to seeing most of you at the starting line as a racer next year."
The Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series plans to maintain the Piranha Sports brand for the time being, although all communications will come from Greg Hawkins and the VMTS team.
For more information about the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series, visit For more information about Piranha Sports, visit
About the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series
With 32 events on the 2017 calendar, the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series is the largest racing series on the East Coast. The Virginia Triathlon Series began in 2005 and the Maryland Triathlon Series was born in 2009. They were merged six years later. For more information, visit
Greg Hawkins, Owner
Jason Devaney, Head of Communications
In case some of you missed our announcement several weeks ago: 
Dear Piranha Sports Athletes,
After careful consideration, I've decided to retire from multi-sport event management at the end of the 2017 season.. Starting Piranha Sports 17 years ago was a dream I had had for many years prior and I feel very lucky to have been able to start and build this business. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to meet amazing people and athletes. I'm thankful for all of the support that I have received over the years from the athletes, my staff, volunteers, local law enforcement, etc. It's been a great run!
I look forward to seeing you at the final 2 Piranha Sports events. As a token of my gratitude to your support over years, I'm offering special retirement pricing for the remaining events. I hope that you will join us as we say good bye to good friends.
Thank you!
Only 2 Left - Retirement Pricing at Piranha Sports
  • $75 for Sprints
  • $120 for Race With a Friend Sprints (2 individual entries  - that's $60 per entrant) - to be turned off August 31st
  • $107 for HALF
  • $171 for Race With a Friend HALF (2 individual entries - that's $86.50 per entrant) - to be turned off August 31st
As with any special, there are no refunds, credits, or additional discounts.  Please consider any of the other races you have not already registered for.  We would love to have you.
Piranha Sports, the pioneer in series racing for both individuals and clubs - The Greater Atlantic Multisport Series and Greater Atlantic Club Challenge, respectively,  is the largest and only series of its kind.  Over 31 Races to choose from with most races situated within 50 minutes of Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Upcoming Races and News
Our next race is the Diamondman Challenge is on September 10th at Lums Pond State Park.   
Only 2 Races Left for the Season.  See below and click on logo for more information and to register. 
September 10, 2017
  • At the beautiful Lums Pond State Park
  • Flat bike and run course
  • HALF and SPRINT distances available
  • TRIs and DUs available in both distances
  • Wetsuit Legal
September 17, 2017
  • Swim in the beautiful reservoir at Marsh Creek State Park
  • Last Race of the Season
  • Wetsuit Legal
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