Super League Triathlon has announced that the series will expand into the United States beginning in 2020.
The city of Tempe, Arizona will host the first-ever US event on May 22-24 in what will be the third of five Qualifier races for the 2019/20 season. The final Qualifier of the season in July will be in Ottawa after debuting there in August.
The Qualifier events offer the athletes a chance to earn their “Golden Ticket” to the Championship Series, which begins in August after a brief break due to July’s Olympic Games.
Tempe is a fitting place for Super League to make its first US appearance as the city is well-versed in the triathlon world, playing host to Ironman Arizona every year since 2005.
Tempe Town Lake, located in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, will be the setting for the swim, and the bike and run courses will weave around the spectator-friendly Tempe Beach Park.
In addition to the pro events, which features a Sprint Enduro on Friday and a Triple Mix (a three-stage contest that jumbles the order of the disciplines) on Saturday, the age group athletes have the chance to be apart of the atmosphere and race the same Enduro course as the world’s best. There will also be a junior Sprint Enduro race to get the younger athletes in on the action.
2020 Qualifier Series schedule:
- Bali, Indonesia – April 4-5, 2020
- Salinas, Ecuador – April 24-26, 2020
- Tempe, Arizona – May 22-24, 2020
- Poznan, Poland – June 27-28, 2020
- Ottawa, Canada – July 4-5, 2020