From September 7-8, the Dongtou district archipelago outside the Chineses city of Wenzhou will be the perfect scenario for the first-ever edition of the Multisport World Cup, a pioneering tier of events for ITU that will see athletes competing on a Long Distance triathlon format and a Duathlon race.
25 elite athletes will be toeing the start line for the Long Distance event, with more than 14 countries competing in the inaugural event of the Multisport World Cup on Saturday, September 7th, while in the Duathlon race it will be almost 30 elite athletes, some coming from countries like Australia, Ireland or Malasia, among others.
Following on from the success of the Multisport World Championships first held in Penticton in 2017 and subsequently in Fyn and Pontevedra, the World Cups will be held throughout the season, with events providing new opportunities for top Elite athletes to compete for prize money, as well as mass participation Age-Group races, in multisport disciplines outside of the standard and sprint-distance triathlons. To be considered to host such an event, organisers must offer at least two of the following events; Long Distance Triathlon (including Aquabike), Duathlon, Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon and Aquathlon.
The Long Distance Triathlon starts the weekend of racing on 7 September and will see a 2km ocean swim in the East China Sea followed by 80km bike and 20km run through the lush, green island of Dongtou. The Duathlon race takes place the following day and will be a 5km run, 30km bike and another 5km run. The prize money for both Elite events will be USD40,000, with a purse of 100,000 RMB for the Age-Group athletes.
2020 editions of the Multisport World Cup will be announced in the coming months.