Triathlon coming home to Vancouver
After spending the last two decades staging World Cup races and World Championships around the globe from its headquarters in North Vancouver, the ITU is bringing triathlon back home in 2007. Vancouver will host a World Cup race for the first time since 1991. The event will be staged in the city’s West End, with the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA) as part of the Local Organizing Committee.
More than 500 triathletes, media from around the world and more than 10,000 spectators are expected to be in Vancouver on June 10 for the race. The World Cup will act as a test event for the World Championships in 2008, which will also be held in Vancouver’s West End. Both are critical Olympic qualifiers for elite athletes to pick up valuable Olympic qualifying points in the race to Beijing 2008.
To help kick off the festivities for triathlon’s homecoming, the ITU and WEBIA are inviting locals to a public launch on Friday April 27 at 10:30am at Vancouver’s scenic English Bay. There will be a special guest appearance by Award Winning singer Kim Kuzma who will perform the official anthem of the Vancouver BG Triathlon World Cup.
The organizing committee is also looking for volunteers who are interested in getting involved in a world class event.