ITU awards 2014 ITU Duathlon World Championships to Pontevedra, Spain
Created On: 17 September 2012
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) last week announced
Pontevedra, Spain has been named as the host city for the 2014 ITU
Duathlon World Championships.
It will mark the second time ITU's premier Duathlon race, which
consists of a 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run, will be held in
Spain. The northern city of Gijon hosted the championships in
2011. The announcement comes on the heels of Pontevedra's seamless
organization of the 2011 ETU European Triathlon Championships.
"ITU is thrilled about the return of the Duathlon World
Championships to Spain. The local organising committee in
Pontevedra has proven successful with their experience hosting past
events. We look forward to another exciting event in the Galician
city," said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member.
In further preparation for the coveted championships, the
western coastal city will host the 2013 Spanish National Duathlon
Championships, which will include Under23, age-group, and
Paraduathlon races. In 2014, the Under23, junior, mixed relay, and
Paraduathlon will take place as part of the ITU Duathlon World
Championships. Additionally, thousands of age-group athletes from
around the world will contest sprint and standard distance world
championship races in Pontevedra.
Event organizers have proposed a 4-lap 10km run, followed by a
6-lap 40km bike, and ending with a 2-lap 5km course for the elite
and Under23 races at the 2014 World Championships.
The 2012 ITU Duathlon World Championships will be decided in
Nancy, France from 22-23 September, with the World Games in Cali,
Colombia doubling as the ITU Duathlon World Championships in July
2013 for elites. The 2013 ITU Age-Group Duathlon World
Championships will be held in Ottawa, Canada in August
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