Pen­tic­ton earns the 2017 ITU Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onship Fes­ti­val

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - NEWS - KERRY HALE

The City of Pen­tic­ton has been awarded the inau­gu­ral In­ter­na­tional Triathlon Union (ITU) Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onship Fes­ti­val for 2017, com­prised of a mas­sive 10-day cel­e­bra­tion that will see ath­letes from across the world vy­ing for four dif­fer­ent mul­ti­sport ti­tles.

The fes­ti­val will in­clude the pre­miere event, the Long Course Triathlon World Cham­pi­onships, as well as the World Cross Triathlon (Off-road), World Duathlon (Run-bike-run) and the World Aquathlon (Swim-run) Cham­pi­onships.

Chal­lenge Pen­tic­ton co-race di­rec­tors, Kevin Cut­jar and Michael Brown, with sup­port from the City of Pen­tic­ton, Triathlon Canada and TRIBC, sub­mit­ted the win­ning bid. Cut­jar says the fes­ti­val will at­tract the best ath­letes from around the world. “Ath­letes will need to qual­ify for their spe­cific race in their re­spec­tive home coun­tries, and as a re­sult each cham­pi­onship will fea­ture the world’s best age group com­peti­tors.”

Cut­jar ex­plains that in the past and through 2016 these world cham­pi­onship races have been held in sep­a­rate venues across the world. This 2017 inau­gu­ral mul­ti­sport fes­ti­val for­mat, fea­tur­ing four world ti­tle com­pe­ti­tions in Pen­tic­ton, will make travel and lo­gis­tics much eas­ier and also al­low ath­letes the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing on more than one world cham­pi­onship event.

Pen­tic­ton, re­cently voted one of the 10 best places in the world to visit in a sur­vey by the Huff­in­g­ton Post, boasts an im­pres­sive triathlon history, as it was the first city out­side of Kona to host a full dis­tance triathlon back in 1983. The Bri­tish Columbia city is also the birthplace of Triathlon Canada, as ITU’S found­ing pres­i­dent Les Mcdon­ald drafted the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion’s blue­print in 1984 with a group of lo­cal triathlon en­thu­si­asts.

Co-race di­rec­tor, Michael Brown, adds “We are ex­tremely ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity the ITU has given us and the com­mu­nity of Pen­tic­ton. We be­lieve the city is the per­fect lo­ca­tion to launch this new ini­tia­tive by the ITU, as Pen­tic­ton has a proven track record and we are ready to welcome the world.”

Pro­posed plans will see all four com­pe­ti­tions start and fin­ish in the heart of the city. The spec­ta­tor-friendly cour­ses will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of ter­rain for those ath­letes com­pet­ing in more than one world cham­pi­onship event. The races will also in­clude some of the area’s many vis­tas, winer­ies and land­marks, as well the down­town area.

ITU pres­i­dent, and In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber, Marisol Casado, said, “The Mul­ti­sport Fes­ti­val is a truly in­no­va­tive idea that pro­vides mul­ti­sport ath­letes with the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in mul­ti­ple world cham­pi­onship races.”

Cur­rently, the pro­posed race date will be Au­gust 2017 with qual­i­fy­ing events tak­ing place through­out 2016.–

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