ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago Announces Schedule and Adds Open Sprint
An age group sprint option has been added to the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships set for September 15-20 at Grant Park.
The 750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run sprint-distance race will be contested on Saturday September 19. General registration begins on Thursday December 18, and triathletes aged 15 and up can register for one of 2,000 spots for individuals, relays and the Physically Challenged Open Division.
Participants of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago, held this past June, will receive an invitation via email to pre-register from December 10-17. Once the event reaches capacity, a limited number of charity spots benefiting the Chicago Park District and local paratriathlon club Dare2tri will be made available.
In addition to the open age-group race, world champions will be crowned in 10 events held over five days. The races will begin with the ITU Aquathlon World Championships on Wednesday September 16 and will conclude with the age-group ITU Standard (Olympic-distance) World Championships on Sunday September 20. Athletes who have qualified to represent their countries in the 2015 ITU World Championships should contact their National Federation for more information on registration for championship events.
The elite ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and the Paratriathlon World Championships will showcase Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in advance of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Top finishers in the elite events on September 18-19 will earn valuable points toward their ranking on the ITU Olympic Qualification List, which will allocate National Federation spots in mid-May 2016. Paratriathletes who win their respective sport classes in Chicago on 19 September will earn a spot for their National Federation for the 2016 Paralympic Games.
“Adding the open age-group sprint race is a testament to the incredible success of 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago, thanks to an outstanding collaboration among our partners, including USA Triathlon,Lagardère Unlimited Events North America, the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago,” said Kara Bachman, Chicago Sports Commission Executive Director.
“We look forward to welcoming not only the thousands of amateur athletes who will now be able to participate, but also the world’s most elite triathletes, including those competing for their chance to represent their countries in Rio.”
Proposed Schedule — ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago
With the exception of the open age-group race, dates are subject to change.
|Sep 16||Aquathlon World Championships|
|Sep 17||Under-23 World Championships – Women|
|Sep 17||Under-23 World Championships – Men|
|Sep 17||Junior World Championships – Women|
|Sep 18||Junior World Championships – Men|
|Sep 18||Sprint World Championships – Age-Group|
|Sep 18||ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – Elite Women|
|Sep 19||Open Age-Group Sprint Race|
|Sep 19||Paratriathlon World Championships|
|Sep 19||ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – Elite Men|
|Sep 20||Standard World Championships – Age-Group|
from Press Release