The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has opened bidding for the ITU World Triathlon Series to all National Federations and cities interested in hosting the premier triathlon circuit for the next three seasons. National Federations could apply to host the 2016 and 2017 World Triathlon Series Grand Final races, which attract more than 6,000 international age-group athletes, as well as one of the eight flagship events in 2015.
Cities elected for 2015 events will join Chicago which is set to host the 2015 ITU Triathlon World Series Grand Final and will this year debut as a WTS event June 27 through 29, 2014. Edmonton will host this year’s Grand Final in August.
“The World Triathlon Series continues to soar beyond our expectations from the quality of racing, to the growth of the events, to the exposure cities receive,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Its popularity now allows open bidding for multiple seasons in advance, as well as host events in all parts of the world, as we did this year with Africa debuting in the series.”
The WTS is the premiere triathlon series in the world and features top triathletes competing for series points and prize money in cities worldwide . In addition to competing for the title of World Champion, athletes race for ‘the greatest cumulative prize money in triathlon’–a prize purse of $ 2 million USD.
The series is comprised of standard and sprint distance events, with one race also selected to host the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships.
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