Canada to host two North American stops on the World Triathlon Series calendar

09 September, 2016

Canada to host two North American stops on the World Triathlon Series calendar

September 7, 2016 (Edmonton) – For the first time, Canada will host two World Triathlon Series events in the same year – and those two events will be the only ones staged in the Americas during 2017.   The other seven events in the series will be held in the Middle East, Australia, Japan and Europe.

Edmonton, which is part-way through a five-year hosting agreement with the International Triathlon Union (ITU), will be joined next year by Montreal.   The two events will be held a week apart – on July 28-30 in Edmonton and August 5-6 in Montreal – to facilitate the world’s top triathletes to compete in both cities.

The decision by ITU on the 2017 venues was finalized by the Executive Committee during the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Commenting on the news, Sheila O’Kelly, president and general manager of World Triathlon Series Edmonton, said: “I think the ITU decision to grant two WTS events to Canada in the same year – especially as the only events in the Americas - is a great tribute to the level or our organizational expertise in this country.  As in the past two years, we will be staging sprint distances for the elite events, while the Montreal races will be the full Olympic distances.”

The full list of events in the ITU World Triathlon Series Calendar is:

2017 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar:
• Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 3-4
• Gold Coast, Australia – April 8-9
• Yokohama, Japan – May 13-14
• Leeds, England – June 10-11
• Hamburg, Germany – July 15-16
• Edmonton, Canada – July 28-30
• Montreal, Canada – August 5-6
• Stockholm, Sweden – August 26-27
• Rotterdam, Netherlands – September 14-17

Abu Dhabi, Gold Coast, Hamburg and Edmonton will be contested over a sprint distance course, while the remaining WTS races will be standard distance.

For more information, contact:
Christina Collins
Communication and Marketing
World Triathlon Series Edmonton
Cell: 780-203-8463