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  • October 08

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe only got 1 more really big session-20 mile run Weds morning- then I can look forward to the nice weather-E-Dad whats the sketch with the swim has the weather been really hot there and caused the lake temp to rise? Im a bit concerned as im a fair bit slower in the water without my wetsuit???
    about 5 years ago
    • EnduradadAlmost every year at GFT has been wet-suit legal.
      The current night temps are mid 60's and the rain that came through should also keep it cool.
      Sometimes the lake has some chop from the lake affect winds.
      10:11 AM October 08
    • Spirit of 1989all the training is now done!!! ran 2:55 this morning over the sand dunes and woodland trails. just some faster stuff now then ....to use a wolfgang deitrich quote(got to be read with a german accent!!!) "I make my race and in a few hours we will see" Im so looking forward to it now hope everyone else is in good order
      8:36 AM October 10
    • Spirit of 1989E-dad, can I borrow your EZ button for the race please?
      8:38 AM October 10
    • yellowcakeme too!!
      10:40 AM October 10
    • yellowcakehow much sun is there on the bike course? what about the run course?
      10:41 AM October 10
    • Spirit of 1989im hoping there will be loads of sun-we recently had a ufo report when the sun came out ...ho ho ho...judging from the photos it all looks nice. might not come home with white legs!!!
      3:09 PM October 10
  • Enduradad Good morning! Yellowcake, Hope you get well fast. I had fun yesterday running a 1/2 marathon with my oldest daughter. Now just a few EZ workouts this week.
    about 5 years ago
  • October 07

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Glad to hear that everyone is conscious of their surroundings, re contagions, viruses, etc. It CAN wreck your race, IF you let it. Be extra vigilant and stay away from anyone with sniffles, a cough, a sneeze. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use frequently if you must. You can pick up "something" from another cell phone, atm machines, computer keyboards, door handles, gas pump handles, etc. PLEASE be very careful! Yellowcake, get well in a hurry! Let the taper works its magic, rest and re-build. All of the long, hard work is over, take it easy and focus on race day.
    about 5 years ago
    • Spirit of 1989Hi KAR nice to hear from you I hope youre keeping well I must admit im struggling with the taking it easy bit but I always do
      2:44 AM October 08
    • yellowcakeThanks! I'm really working on getting lots of sleep, eating well and drinking LOTS of fluids. Feeling a little better.
      10:40 AM October 10
  • October 05

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe Hi-Edad we fly over on the 13th Oct. Theres eleven of us in the party now so i wont be short of support !!-Yellowcake what part of Italy were you in? I did a weeks training camp in trentino in July it was truly beautiful although the dolomite climbs were painfully long. Its been a difficult week here with night shifts and the subsequent tiredness but hopefully the weather will be kind on sunday for my last big brick
    about 5 years ago
    • EnduradadWith that many I'm sure you have your own chartered private jet.
      Are you shipping your bike or taking it on flight?
      5:22 AM October 06
    • yellowcakeI was in Umbria. It was gorgeous. The weather was perfect. Short rides, but very hilly - - very long climbs - like miles and miles of climbing.......
      7:14 PM October 07
    • yellowcakestruggling with a sore throat right now....at first I thought it was jet lag and dehydration from the long flights, but no...it's a flu of some sort. Need to get rid of this!
      7:16 PM October 07
    • Spirit of 1989Im taking my bike on the flight, so on friday I'll spend a few hours packing it properly then fingers crossed !!! Had my last big brick yesterday 105 miles hilly with an 8 mile tempo run afterwards. the run felt good even though I probably went at it a bit hard(1 min per mile faster than race pace) but id been watching crowies training day on you tube on saturday. hey ho
      2:43 AM October 08
  • October 04

  • yellowcake Enduradad Italy was awesome! Lots of hills to climb. Our daily mileage was low, but the elevation was high. I did manage to get one long bike ride in by doubling up a days ride and doing it twice (92 hilly miles) and several runs, two of them over 3 hours. I had lined up two different places to swim, but they didn't work out, so no swimming. I'm actually in the airport in Rome right now, waiting to board my flight back to Baltimore (via JFK). Can't wait for this weekend, I have my last big brick then I do some tapering.
    about 5 years ago
    • EnduradadI might be a little envious of being able to go to Italy and bike around. Please bring some Pics.
      Hope your flight back is safe and you recover from jet lag fast.
      Speaking of jet lag, Spirit when are you flying over?
      5:36 AM October 04
  • October 02

  • Enduradad Yellowcake, How was Italy?
    about 5 years ago
  • October 01

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe EDad-had a bit of a disaterous weekend-had a good friday 4 k swim and 111 miles of intervals then saturday came and I was struck down by some kind of viral thingy. I was really wiped out so had an enforced 2 days off. Did 75 hilly miles on the bike with about 750 metres of climbing in just over 4 hours. I felt wiped out at the end so Im hoping im going to be over this soon.Ive got night duty for the next 3 shifts and Im in my last training week so could do without it. How are you going along?
    about 5 years ago
    • EnduradadI sure hope you get rested & recover quicky. It's time to take it easy, but I've never met an IM that could do that well.
      5:32 AM October 02
    • EnduradadAfter years of training and several IM's I still have not come up with a good taper plan!
      I know the simple rule of 3 weeks out do half/then half and then off, but I can't get my mind to accept that.
      This is also the time of year I get scared of anyone who coughs .
      7:43 AM October 02
  • Enduradad Ok, made it to October in one piece. Hope everone's ready to rest up.
    about 5 years ago
  • September 27

  • Enduradad Who's planning on going to athlete dinner Thur night? time?
    about 5 years ago
  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe Hi E-Dad doing ok this week but the weathers not weve had constant heavy rain so most of my training has been on the turbo trainer. running is going ok at the moment and the swimming is ticking over. looking forward to getting out there and having the sun on my back for a change. Hows your training going?
    about 5 years ago
    • EnduradadThings are going pretty well.
      Today I'm just stretching and resting up for weekend. This should be my last hard 3 day set. (please note: my hard is your EZ).
      Next weekend I'll run a 1/2 Marathon with my oldest daughter, thne start tapering.
      5:28 AM September 27
    • EnduradadJust checked; 90's in Clermont for high. mid 70's for low.
      5:32 AM September 27
    • Spirit of 1989Bit of a disaster this morning the pool was closed for a refurb so no long swim today. Ill have to drive to another pool for a session tommorow. But this afternoon is a 3 x 20 min turbo session at 10-15 beats per minute above race pace!!! If my wife comes home from work and finds me slumped over mt tribars unconscious let her know what happened!!!Ha ha ha ha
      6:31 AM September 27
    • EnduradadI know that feeling. They close our indoor pool the first week of Sept. every year.
      If she finds you that way I hope it's like me and you're taking a nap.
      10:27 AM September 27
  • September 26

  • Enduradad Spirit , Good morning, how are you doing this week?
    about 5 years ago
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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

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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."

Finalists:

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

Challenge-Puerto-Varas.pngChile 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.

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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

trirock-philly-logo.pngLaunched 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

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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
 

ITU celebrates the #OlympicDay by letting the athletes take over
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Every 23rd of June, the Olympic movement celebrates around the world the Olympic Day, and the triathlon family is pleased to join the celebrations by letting our athletes take over our social media channels. For a day, Olympic champion and silver medallist, Nicola Spirig, will share on ITU’s Facebook, her training schedules only five weeks after giving birth to her second child, while Olympian Andrea Hewitt, explains on our Instagram her whereabouts while training in New Zealand. American Olympican, Ben Kanute, has taken over ITU’s Snapchat account as well to get in touch with the younger generations, while quite a few Olympians, including Mario Mola (ESP), Katie Zaferes (USA), Emma Jackson (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Carolina Routier (ESP), among others, will try to engage with the “Tweetersphere” with some insights into the daily life of being an Olympian. More than six million people around the world of all ages are joining today the International Olympic Committee hashtag of Being Active. Whether it’s moving, running, jumping, swimming, stretching or getting their sweat on to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Games and its values. “We all should embrace these values, because these are the true values every sport promotes, and the values ITU is strongly committed to as well”, explained ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We as a Federation, and our athletes, are a great sample of the need to get moving and exercising every day. Not only for the elite athletes, but also for the younger kids who are just joining our sport. Triathlon is truly a sport for all, no matter your age or gender”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, one in four adults are not active enough and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. In a bid to reverse that trend, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called upon the Movement at large – from National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations to Organising Committees of Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, National Olympians Associations and Young Ambassadors – to help get the “couch potatoes off the couch”. And our triathletes are showing the world that they are the first “off the couch”. Mixed Relays This year, ITU is celebrating the Olympic Day also with a very special adding to our Olympic events: the Mixed...
ITU Board Member Debra Alexander, running for the IPC Governing Board
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is pleased to announce that Executive Board member, Debra Alexander, is running for a position at the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board. The IPC announced the names of the candidates who will stand for election on 8 September at the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A total of 29 nominations have been approved by the IPC for the 12 positions available within the IPC Governing Board. There are four candidates aiming to succeed Sir Philip Craven as the IPC President: Patrick Jarvis, Andrew Parsons, John Petersson and Haidi Zhang, the first female to ever bid for this role. Three people are standing for the role of Vice President: Duane Kale, John Petersson and Majid Rashed. 22 candidates have been nominated for Member at Large positions, with 10 of them to be elected next September. The nominees are: • Debra Alexander (RSA – ITU) • Mohammed Alhameli (UAE – NPC UAE) • Anne d’Ieteren (BEL – NPC Belgium) • Marianna “Muffy” Davis (USA – NPC USA) • Rita van Driel (NED – NPC Netherlands) • Hamid El Aouni (MAR – NPC Morocco) • Duane Kale (NZL – NPC New Zealand) • Sung Il Kim (KOR – NPC Korea) • Luca Pancalli (ITA – NPC Italy) • Leonel da Rocha Pinto (ANG – African Paralympic Committee) • Karl Quade (GER – NPC Germany) • Majid Rashed (UAE – Asian Paralympic Committee) • Tim Reddish (GBR – NPC Great Britain) • Juan Pablo Salazar (COL – NPC Colombia) • László Szabó (HUN – NPC Hungary) • Imran Shani (PAK – NPC Pakistan) • Rao Inderjit Singh (IND – NPC India) • Robyn Smith (AUS - INAS) • Joe Walsh (USA – IBSA) • Kevin Wong (SGP – NPC Singapore) • Yasushi Yamawaki (JPN – NPC Japan) • Jia Yong (CHN – NPC China) All nominee applications have been reviewed by the IPC Credentials Commission against the criteria and conditions for nominations in accordance with the IPC rules and regulations. On 6 September each candidate will have the opportunity to make a presentation on their candidature to the IPC membership attending the IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi. About Debra Alexander Debra Alexander is the Head of the Clinical Psychology Department: Principal Clinical Psychologist/Senior Lecturer at Tygerberg Hospital/ Stellenbosch University.  Since 2012, Debra has held the role of ITU Executive Board Member as well as African Triathlon Union (ATU) Executive Board Member and first Vice President. In 2009...
Paratriathlon Community Pays Tribute to Paratrialete Markus Häusling in Kitzbuhel
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Successful Paratriathlete Markus Häusling lost his battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) last December. To celebrate his lasting memory, his positive spirit and his immense sense of humour, a warm tribute was held last weekend at the Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships, where fellow paratriathletes, family, friends and ITU staff paid their respects to the beloved Paratriathlete. Markus was working as a prison guard in a high-security prison near Kassel, Germany. His medical problem started in 2004, when he was paralysed while playing a football match. A month later, he was diagnosed with ALS. He debuted on Paratriathlon five years later, at the German Super-Sprint Championships, and he kept pushing the limits and participating on qualification paratriathlon races with his goal in mind: the Paralympic Games, which were going to be the debut of Paratriathlon un Rio 2016. His aim had been to go to Rio but this aggressive disease had other plans. Rio was off the calendar but rather than walk away from it all Markus devoted what time he had to the charity. And in a grand gesture of friendship, he gave his hand bike to Brazilian athlete, Fernando Aranha, who raced in Rotterdam earlier this year and had a top ten finish in Rio with Markus’ bike. Every time destiny did offer him a lemon Markus made lemonade out of it. With his trademark smile, he will always be remembered for his positive spirit.
Countdown to #Penticton2017 reaches only two months!
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Two months until the Inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival! Slightly less than two months until all eyes are on Penticton for the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival. The qualifiers are in, the hotels are booked and we’re preparing to welcome thousands of athletes for this very special ten-day event. We’re proud to report that athletes from thirty-four countries will be represented in the six World Championship events. Athletes headed to Penticton should check in with their National Federation to find out if they need to book their own transportion to and from the airport. If you’re seeking transportation options, you can book through our transport services page. These are the same great people who can help you book a wine tour or day tour of the area after the event! There are endless activities for family and friends to partake in (besides cheering you on, of course). Great resources for planning activities include our guide to your Penticton experience, and our friends at Visit Penticton have a comprehensive guide that’s worth a look. Athletes looking for that little something extra special can look at our VIP packages for the festival for a truly enhanced experience. For athletes looking for a little extra racing, you can still pick up a race as an open wave athlete, racing the same great courses as the World Championship events. We’re running a contest from now until July 1st to name our mascot! Head over to our Facebook page or Twitter account where the contest is pinned from now until the end of the month. Person who is selected with the mascot’s winning name will win a VIP package for two in Penticton. Follow along with all of the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the handle @ITUMultisport. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Penticton2017. See you in two months!      
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