By Erin Greene on 30/10/13 at 12:38 pm
ITU is pleased to announce the dates for the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, South Australia. The Championships are set to take place from October 14-18, 2015.
Though the race will be a first for the beachside city known for its sports culture and festivals, Australia previously hosted the 2005 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Newcastle.
“Multisports are an important part of the ITU culture, especially duathlon, as it involves two disciplines that are integral to the sport of triathlon itself,” said ITU President and International Olympic Committee Member, Marisol Casado. “ITU’s history is closely intertwined with that of Australia’s, with Sydney having seen the debut of triathlon in the Olympic Games. We are looking forward to continuing that history in 2015 when the Duathlon World Championships will be staged in gorgeous Adelaide.”
With its Mediterranean climate, participants and spectators can expect to be treated to ideal spring race conditions for the elite, under 23, junior elite, age group standard and age group sprint duathlons, paraduathlon, novice and kids duathlons, and community participation events.
Anne Gripper, CEO of Triathlon Australia said “Triathlon Australia is proud to host such a high profile event in South Australia. We are excited about showcasing the sport of duathlon and welcoming competitors from all over the world to the City of Adelaide.”
Event organizers have proposed a four-lap 10km run, followed by an eight-lap 40km bike, and ending with a two-lap 5km run course for the elite and under 23 races, set to take place in the heart of Adelaide around the River Torrens.
South Australian Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the state was proud to host a range of world-class events and festivals.
“South Australia has great weather, friendly people and excellent sporting facilities which make it a great place to host the 2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships,” Mr Bignell said. “Lonely Planet has also just named Adelaide top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2014.
“We look forward to welcoming top athletes from around the globe and encourage them to explore our renowned wine regions and pristine coastlines which are easily reached from the Adelaide City Council city.”
These events are proudly supported by Events South Australia, Triathlon Australia, the Adelaide City Council, and SCODY. Full race information including special accommodation rates at the InterContinental Adelaide and travel packages through Showsport, will be available in the coming months through triathlon.org.