Sports Event Diary Notice.
On the weekend of 03 – 05 September 2010, Edinburgh will stage the ITU Duathlon World Championships, the highest-level competition in the sport's annual calendar and the most prestigious duathlon competition ever staged in the UK.
A week before the 2010 Budapest ITU Triathlon World Championships up to 1,000 of the World's best Elite and Age Group duathletes will descend on Edinburgh's Holyrood Park for the ITU Duathlon World Championships to compete for six World Championship titles, twenty seven age group gold medals and a total prize fund of 75,000 Euros (for the Elite competition).
The Elite, U23 and Age Group athletes will all compete over a standard duathlon course consisting of a 10km run followed by a 40km cycle and a 5km run, all completed as a continuous activity. The Edinburgh course will consist of multiple laps around Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat making it one of the most challenging ever used for an ITU Duathlon World Championships.
British duathletes have an impressive record in major competitions, boasting many medalists at both World and European Championships in recent years. In the last four years Scotland's Catriona Morrison, from Broxburn near Edinburgh, has garnered five major titles to her name, including ETU Duathlon European Champion (2007 – Edinburgh – & 2009 – Budapest) and ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Champion (2007 & 2008).
In 2007, in Gyor, Hungary, Paul Amey was crowned ITU Duathlon World Champion with Silver medals in the women's and junior men's competitions going to Michelle Dillon and current World Triathlon Champion, Alistair Brownlee.
In 2009, Sophie Coleman and Vicky Graves won gold and silver respectively at the Junior Women's ITU Duathlon World Championships held in Concord, North Carolina. The win in Concord, delivered a double victory for Coleman, successfully defending her World Junior Duathlon title in 2008.
For the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, British Triathlon are expecting to field at least 400 Age Group athletes, one of the largest teams ever to represent Great Britain at a Duathlon World Championships. The GB Age Group Team will be announced in the summer following a number of qualification races throughout the UK.
The 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships offers the perfect opportunity for Edinburgh residents, visitors to the city and running, cycling and multisport enthusiasts to watch the best duathletes in the world demonstrate their incredible levels of endurance and tactical ability. It will also showcase the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as the perfect destination for the world's biggest and best sporting events.
For more information on the ITU Duathlon World Championships, Edinburgh, in 2010 got to – http://www.edinburghduathlon2010.com/
Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity – 07968 699 636 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
Duathlon is a combination of two individual sports, Running and Cycling. A typical duathlon consists of three stages, starting with a run, followed by a cycle section and finishing off with another run, all completed as a continuous activity with transitions between the two disciplines.
A standard distance duathlon consists of a 10km Run, 40km Cycle, 5km run. There are variations of this that are both longer and shorter. For younger Age Groups the distances are shorter.
The International Triathlon Union governs the sport internationally – http://www.triathlon.org/
British Triathlon Federation governs the sport in the UK – www.britishtriathlon.org
triathlonScotland governs the sport in Scotland – http://www.triathlonscotland.org
There is a strong Duathlon scene throughout the UK, including a British Elite Championships, an Age Group British Duathlon Championships as well as Scottish and Welsh Duathlon Championships. There is also a British Duathlon Ranking Series, consisting of five races throughout the UK.
British Age Group duathletes looking to qualify for Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships will have four chances to do so:
Clumber Classic 6 March 2010_
Stirling University 28 March 2010_
Big Cow Duathlon, Milton Keynes 11 April 2010_
Cambridge Duathlon 2 May 2010
Edinburgh lends itself exceptionally well to hosting Elite and mass participation sports events, having hosted many successful international events including the ETU Duathlon European Championships and the European Cross Country Championships in 2007 and the World Cross Country Championships in 2008; as well as the annual Great Edinburgh Run.
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. www.britishtriathlon.org
EventScotland, the national events agency, was established in 2002 with the aim of strengthening and promoting Scotland's events industry. EventScotland does this by attracting, generating and sustaining a portfolio of world class events in Scotland.
In 2009, EventScotland launched the new national events strategy which will lead Scotland's events industry into and beyond 2020.
The national events strategy, Scotland: The Perfect Stage, outlines a clear mission and vision to further establish Scotland as a world leading event destination, to grow the industry and the expertise within it and to deliver events which provide impact and international profile for Scotland.
EventScotland offers funding through two programmes: the National Programme which funds events which drive domestic tourism and the International Programme which funds events which raise the profile of Scotland on a international stage and generate economic impact. http://www.eventscotland.org/
City of Edinburgh Council
Edinburgh is a beautiful, dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a unique architectural heritage and a magnificent natural setting. It is host to many thousands of visitors who come here throughout the year to enjoy numerous cultural and sporting events such as the world famous Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh's Hogmanay and the Six Nations rugby matches. With around one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the UK's most visited tourist destination outside London. Edinburgh is one of the most attractive cities in the world, a fact recognized by UNESCO when conferring World Heritage Site status on the city's Old and New Towns. Edinburgh was recently voted number one in a list of British cities to 'see before you die'.
The City of Edinburgh Council is a partner in the staging of the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk
triathlonscotland is the national governing body for triathlon, duathlon and multi-sport and is responsible for governing all matters in relation to these sports in Scotland. We provide a broad and comprehensive range of services to our 2500+ members, 43 clubs and 9000 participation base in Scotland. http://www.triathlonscotland.org/
The International Triathlon Union, is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France, and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit: http://www.triathlon.org
sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. We passionately believe in the benefits of sport, from the enjoyment and sense of achievement that participation brings, to the shared pride that national success generates.
We believe that sport makes a unique contribution to life in Scotland, helping to make us a wealthier, fairer, smarter, healthier, greener, safer and stronger nation.
Our mission is to encourage everyone in Scotland to discover and develop their own sporting experience, helping to increase participation and improve performances in Scottish sport. – http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/