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IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Returns to the U.S. In 2017
5/26/2015 3:40:47 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lake Placid, New York, and St. George, Utah Named as Finalists
IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process - Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event - with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and age group men racing on the other.
"With the global explosion of IRONMAN 70.3 races, we expect approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world to qualify for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is too many for a single day of racing," said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "We are focused on providing more opportunities for women to race with us globally and, after consulting with members of our Women For Tri Board, felt that having a separate race for female professional and age group athletes would be a strong step forward for our sport."
The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. This August, the prestigious event will be held in Europe for the first time - in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. The 2016 race shifts to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time - in Queensland, Australia's Sunshine Coast. Domestic and international competitors will earn the right to compete in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship by qualifying at nearly 90 IRONMAN 70.3 events around the world beginning in July 2016.
"The rotation of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has elevated the race and allowed athletes from all over the world to experience a World Championship event at fantastic locations," added Messick. "The finalists for the 2017 championship are all tremendous hosts to IRONMAN races and provide courses well suited for an event of this caliber. These cities also provide our athletes and their families world-class hospitality and endless scenic and entertainment options."
• Chattanooga, Tennessee - Chattanooga, known throughout the Southeastern U.S. as the Scenic City with a vibrant downtown, lures athletes with its dramatic backdrop, idyllic weather and low-key southern charm. Host to IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, Chattanooga provides a fast course with a swim in the Tennessee River. Four bridges cross the river over the swim and a pedestrian Riverwalk runs along the entire swim course making it ideal for spectators. Chattanooga is just 90 minutes from Atlanta and is full of attractions, eclectic dining spots and great places to stay.
• Lake Placid, New York - Having hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1980), this charming town knows how to deliver a world-class athletic event. Lake Placid, located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, hosts IRONMAN Lake Placid, the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lake Placid has the amenities of a large city and the convenience of a small town, offering high-end restaurants, shopping and world-class accommodations.
• St. George, Utah - This striking Southwestern community currently hosts the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship. St. George offers breathtaking scenery and views of the surrounding red rock canyons. The city's walkable downtown area offers great local fare and boutique shopping. St. George is also only two hours from the nightlife of Las Vegas, with its never-ending entertainment options.
More than 200,000 athletes will participate in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series during the 2016 season, which consists of nearly 90 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and South Africa. Participants in the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will range in age from 18 to 80-plus and will represent over 60 countries. Each age-group winner at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will automatically qualify for the 2016 championship.
For more information about the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, please visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/ironman-70.3/world-championship.
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Chile Will Host a Challenge Family Triathlon in Puerto Varas
5/7/2015 10:10:52 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site
Chile will host the country's first Challenge Family triathlon on February 13, 2016 with the announcement of the half distance CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS.
Puerto Varas, one of the most beautiful regions and cities in southern Chile is also known as "La ciudad de las rosas" or "the city of roses. It was formed from the German Colonization with immigrants who settled here between 1852 and 1853 and as such has a strong German heritage integrated with its South American culture.
The CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS course is centered around this iconic South American town and includes the beautiful landscapes of the region, highlighting the imposing Osorno Volcano and Lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas is also known for its adventure tourism with lots of water sports, particularly kayaking and canyoning and its strong German heritage and architecture combine with the South American culture.
The 1.9km two lap swim course takes place in the calm and crystal waters of Lake Llanquihue.
The three-lap 90km bike course runs along the shores of Lake Llanquihue heading towards Ensenada, where the majesty of the Osorno Volcano is constantly with athletes, towering over the lake views.
The half marathon run course is a fast, flat three laps also along the shores of Lake Llanquihue before finishing in the heart of the city.
The CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS prize purse will be the highest in the history of triathlon in Chile at 20,5 million pesos (€30,000).
Edmundo Foncesca, CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS spokesperson said the event would offer Chile's growing triathlon community outstanding opportunity.
"The idea of doing a half distance in the city of Puerto Varas, aims to offer the growing community of triathletes, not only Chileans and the region but to the international community, another career option where you can test the capabilities of each athlete. In addition the event will involve the whole family in this spectacular location, as is typical of the Challenge Family series of events. Chile and the region and Puerto.Varas, deserves to have this triathlon and we look forward to see you on February 13, 2016 along with your entire family," he said.
Renowned Chilean triathlete Marcelo Galvez gave the event his full support, "Puerto Varas is an excellent choice to run a triathlon because besides being able to participate in this event, athletes can enjoy exploring the area and discovering great places: Up to Osorno volcano, visit the town of Frutillar and taste its exquisite local cuisine, shop around the city of Puerto Montt and revel in cocinerías ... personally I'm really excited to visit CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS!"
Puerto Varas is located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region.
For further information and entries, please visit www.challenge-puertovaras.com.
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Pro Prize Purse Added to TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon
4/9/2015 10:36:14 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site
Pro triathletes to compete for $25,000 prize purse offered by Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Launched in partnership with Presenting Sponsor Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), the PHLY Cup Pro Division will return to the 2015 Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon. Held in conjunction with the Olympic distance race on Sunday, June 28, the PHLY Cup offers pro triathletes the chance to compete for a prize purse totaling $25,000.
"This exciting event draws world-class athletes and weekend warriors, helping to put a spotlight on the City of Philadelphia and raise both money and awareness for important charities," shared Philadelphia Insurance Companies President and CEO Bob O'Leary. "It's a unique event where you can find the top professionals in their sport compete on the same course as everyday athletes. TEAMPHLY loves hosting and competing each year."
The PHLY Cup prize purse of $25,000 (split evenly between the men and women top finishers), breaks down as follows:
• Winner - $6,000
• Runner-up - $3,500
• 3rd place - $1,500
• 4th place - $1,000
• 5th place - $500
"With other races cutting support for pros, we knew it was important to the industry for us to continue offering a prize purse," said Nick Lynch, TriRock Triathlon Series. "We are beyond proud of our partnership with Philadelphia Insurance Companies and look forward to a great event in June with the best in triathlon competing on one of the most challenging Olympic distance courses in the US. We'll be announcing our pro field shortly and we expect it to be as strong as ever."
The 11th annual event features three days of activities including a Multi-Sport Expo starting on Friday, June 26 and a Sprint distance race at 7:30 am on Saturday, June 27. Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia culminates with an Olympic distance event at 6:30 am on Sunday, June 28, which will welcome some of the best pro triathletes in the country.
Fairmount Park will host the scenic and challenging race and fun, family atmosphere, with a finish line concert taking place on both days of the event. The start, finish and transition areas will be located just off of Martin Luther King Drive, near the base of Black Road.
Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia will provide participants with a finisher's medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and beer garden. Participants will pick up race packets at the two-day Expo held Friday and Saturday of event weekend.
For more information about the TriRock Triathlon Series or to register for Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies please visit TriRockSeries.com.
Chattahoochee Challenge Half Joins TOUGHMAN Series
4/6/2015 9:23:54 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site
We are pleased to announce the addition of the TOUGHMAN Ga, Chattahoochee Challenge to the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series. Formerly the Chattahoochee Challenge Half, TOUGHMAN Ga, Chattahoochee Challenge will take place in Columbus on April 23, 2016. The addition of the new half iron distance triathlon to the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series makes us the the 2nd LARGEST Half Iron Series in the US with 11 races.
The triathlon event takes place in Columbus, Georgia which is on the Georgia / Alabama border. About 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and 81 miles east of Montgomery, AL.
"Having Tri Columbus join our family of races is in line with our philosophy of providing a standardized, great race experience but in keeping with the local grass roots feel." says Richard A. Izzo, Owner & Founder of TOUGHMAN Half Series.
The event will start off with a 1.2 mile swim course which is down river for the first 3/4 of the swim and then back up the Chattahoochee to the swim exit. Athletes will then go out on the out and back 56 mile bike course which is a fast ride, with rolling hills through Fort Benning. The route has a total ascent of 2128.16 ft and has a maximum elevation of 509.78 ft. After the bike they will head out on to a 2-loop, 13.1 mile run that will take them through historic Columbus, with aid stations at every mile mark. The route has a total ascent of 395.78 ft. Athletes then finish smack-dab in the middle of one of the annual Music Festivals, in downtown Columbus.
This will be a qualifier for the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series Championship in New York that will take place on September 11th 2016.
Registration for all races are open at www.TOUGHMANTri.com
About Tri Columbus
Tri Columbus GA is a premier sports firm specializing in event production, management, and corporate sports marketing development. Dedicated to the creation, development and management of participant and endurance sports including those of running, swimming, and cycling, Tri Columbus Ga produces events in the local and surrounding communities.
ABOUT the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series
The TOUGHMAN Series is currently 11 races in the US with locations in: FL, Columbus Ga, Richmond IN, Tupper Lake NY, Sherwood WI, Ocean Shores WA, Chisago MN, Pell City AL, Provo UT and Santa Fe NM. The series Championship in Croton on Hudson New York has a closed bike course with over $30,000 worth of age group awards as well as a $4500 cash purse!
for more information www.TOUGHMANTri.com
National Federations select athletes for Rio Olympics
12:00:00 AM ITU News
National Federations are announcing their Rio bound triathlon teams practically on the daily now, and we couldn’t be more pumped. Stay updated on who has gotten the nod from their Federation to go to Brazil with this list.**
Argentina - Men
Gonzalo Raul Tellechea
Australia - Men
Australia - Women
Austria - Women
Austria - Men
Azerbaijan - Men
Barbados - Men
Belgium - Women
Belgium - Men
Marten Van Riel
Bermuda - Women
Brazil - Women
Brazil - Men
Canada - Women
Canada - Men
Chile - Women
China - Men
China - Women
Costa Rica - Men
Czech Republic - Women
Denmark - Men
Ecuador - Women
Estonia - Women
France - Women
France - Men
Pierre Le Corre
Germany - Women
Great Britain - Women
Great Britain - Men
Hungary - Women
Hungary - Men
Ireland - Women
Ireland - Men
Israel - Men
Italy - Women
Italy - Men
Japan - Women
Japan - Men
Jordan - Men
Mauritius - Women
Fabienne St. Louis
Mexico - Men
Irving Pérez Pineda
Rodrigo González López
Mexico - Women
Claudia Rivas Vega
Cecilia Gabriela Perez Flores
Netherlands - Women
New Zealand - Women
New Zealand - Men
Poland - Women
Portugal - Men
Puerto Rico - Men
Russia - Men
Russia - Women
Slovakia - Men
Slovenia - Women
South Africa - Men
South Africa - Women
Americans score big at Paratri World Champs
12:00:00 AM ITU News
With paratriathlon set to debut at the Paralympics September 10-11 just days before the Grand Final, the world’s fastest paratriathletes competed at a stand-alone World Championships on Sunday in Rotterdam.
Americans Allysa Seely, Kendall Gretsch and Aaron Scheidies headlined the day as they repeated consecutive World Championship wins, while the likes of Martin Schulz and Alison Patrick regained their titles as the world’s fastest paratriathletes. However, it was a day of firsts for everyone else, with Jetze Plat, Andrew Lewis, Denis Kungurtcev, Manon Genest, and Grace Norman all scoring world gold for the first time.
In a resounding day for the Netherlands, the crowd was delighted to cheer on its own Jetze Plat and Geert Schipper to podium performances in the men’s PT1 sport class. While Krige Schabort (USA) was hoping to regain his claim as the fastest man in the field after winning the World Championship sin 2014, it was Plat who put together the best performance of the day, out racing Schabort for gold. The American took silver, sandwiched between the two Dutch men as Schipper was the third fastest man of the day.
“It was great, the weather was perfect, there were a lot of fans for me, so it was great,” Plat said. “The bike was really technical, I went a little bit slow to check all the corners and the last part was really fast.
In a continuation of her undefeated streak, Kendall Gretsch (USA) crushed the women’s PT2 sport class, clutching her 10th consecutive win in two years and a third World title by more than five minutes. Lizzie Tench (GBR) was next to cross over, followed by Spain’s Eva María Moral Pedrero.
“There were tons of people out on the course, so it made it really fun, an exciting atmosphere,” Gretsch said. “The swim was good, I think we were a little nervous for the bike with all the turns, but it was great. Then the roads at the end were wonderful, really beautiful.”
In a massive performance, Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis scored his first World Championship title, improving from his ninth place finish last year to win the men’s PT2 sport class by more than two minutes. Mark Barr (USA), who just missed the podium in 2015, jumped two places for silver in Rotterdam, while Stephane Bahier (FRA) remained on the podium with bronze.
“I can’t believe it, I had a really bad race last year in Chicago - I did an extra lap - but this one we absolutely nailed it,” Lewis said. “I’ve been focusing really hard on my...
Columbia Threadneedle Rankings Report Hamburg
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Despite its ever-present status on the Series, the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon welcomed two brand new names to its long history of race winners on Saturday. For one of those athletes, victory was a brand new career experience, while for the other it could well be another step towards a first ITU World Championship title.
Let’s look a little deeper into the statistics and stories from Hamburg.
For the second consecutive race, the World Triathlon Series welcomed a first-time winner. Just like Flora Duffy (BER) in Stockholm, Katie Zaferes (USA) was no stranger to a WTS podium itself; having secured five second places finishes and one third during 2015. However, in Hamburg she was able to take the final step and become only the 18th women to win a World Triathlon Series event since 2009.
While Katie was gaining her first win, second place for Rachel Klamer (NED) was her first World Triathlon Series podium, achieved in her 40th race. Having finished seventh (Leeds) and fifth (Gold Coast) already this year, her form has been good, but that might be just the breakthrough she needs to push on to further success. It also makes her only the second Dutch athlete to have achieved this after Maaike Caelers. Who will be the first athlete from The Netherlands to win WTS gold?
Such is her quality that Gwen Jorgensen (USA) being beaten in a race is treated as big news, because it happens so infrequently. Third place in Hamburg will not be the pre-Rio result that Jorgensen wanted, but there are still plenty of positives to take away. Her 5km run time of 15:44 was the second fastest sprint distance time recorded to date within the World Triathlon Series. Only Gwen herself (15:31, also in Hamburg three years ago) has run faster. She also improves her incredible medal statistics to 22 podiums from 35 starts; that’s a podium success rate of 63%. For her last 17 starts that percentage is, incredibly, 100%; including 14 dominating wins.
One athlete not heading to Rio this year, such is the strength-in-depth of the Great Britain team, is Jodie Stimpson. With her attention now firmly focused on the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings, fourth in Hamburg was another strong result towards her revised season objectives and a huge confidence boost after having a DNF in Stockholm. She now improves to second place in the rankings and has reduced the gap to Series leader, Flora Duffy (BER).
Anastasia Abrosimova (RUS) had a real breakthrough performance in...
Paratriathletes vie for World Championship titles in Rotterdam
12:00:00 AM ITU News
This weekend, the world’s best paratriathletes will gather in Rotterdam to race for the chance to call themselves the world’s best at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships on Sunday. With the men’s PT1, PT2 and PT4 sport classes, as well as the women’s PT2, PT4 and PT5 sport classes set to debut at the Paralympics September 10-11 just days before the Grand Final, paratriathletes will this year compete at a stand-alone World Championships.
Athletes will swim in the Rijnhaven, with a water start for all paratriathletes followed by a 20km bike ride on a flat course of four laps. Though lacking hills, the circuit is very technical, with cobblestones, narrow streets and many turns. The run course will be conducted over two laps on a 2.5km circuit along the Het Park.
In the men’s PT1 sport class, one of the ones to watch will be world No. 1 Krige Schabort (USA), who will sure fight for his second world title right before the Rio Games. However, he will face strong opposition from the Netherlands’ own, Jetze Plat (NED), who was the European champion two months ago, and Geert Schipper, who was second at the European Championships. Italy’s Giovanni Achenza and Great Britain’s Phil Hogg will also be pushing for the podium spots.
On the women’s side, the PT1 event will feature the reigning World Champion Kendall Gretsch (USA) along with her teammate Mary Catherine Callahan, who just won the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Event. Add in World Championship bronze medallist Lizzie Tench (GBR), and it will be a tough race to cross the finish line first.
Slated to debut in Rio, the men’s PT2 sport class will showcase strong contenders in second-world ranked Stephane Bahier (FRA) as one of the favourites for gold in Rotterdam. Bahier will have to bypass the likes of Mark Barr (USA) and Mohamed Lahna (MAR) en route to gold, as both men have raced on point this year. Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor and Andrew Lewis are also capable of ending up in podium positions, as Taylor did last year in Chicago with bronze.
In the women’s race, World No. 3 Elise Marc will try again to outperform USA’s Hailey Danisewicz, as she did in Bescanon earlier this year. Marc is enjoying a great season, with her victory at the European Champs two months ago and in two ITU Paratriathlon World events. However, Danisewicz and US teammate Allysa Seely went 1-2 at the World Championships last year. Add Liisa Lilja (FIN) into the mix makes the women’s PT2 race one not to...