World Triathlon public ballot goes live todaySubscribe
UK Sport 21 February 2013
Thousands of people will have the chance to race on the same course as British Olympic heroes Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee at the UK Sport backed World Triathlon Grand Final in London.
There are 2,000 public places available for the event through a public ballot which will run from today (February 21st) to March 5th.
The World Triathlon Grand Final is the first world championship to be held as part of the £27million UK Sport Gold Event Series, an initiative to bring more than 70 of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships.
Events already secured as part of this ambitious programme include the 2017 World Athletics Championships and the IPC World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London and the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow.
The World Triathlon Championship will be staged over five days from 11-15 September 2013 at the Olympic triathlon venue in Hyde Park
Alongside the Senior Elite events will be further World Championship races for Junior, U23 and Para-triathletes as well as an Age Group World Championship race for club level athletes from all around the world.
Nearly 5,000 international athletes are expected to compete for World Championship titles across the 5 days of the event in Hyde Park.
Whilst all of the above races require pre-qualification the organisers have announced that on Saturday 14 September an open triathlon race will also be held in Hyde Park.
No entry standard or pre-qualification is required for this race but entries will be limited to 2,000 people. As one of the key legacy events of the London Olympic Games, the event is expected to be heavily oversubscribed as it provides the unique opportunity to finish on the same line as the London 2012 Olympic Champions in Hyde Park.
Simon Morton, Director of Major Events and International Relations at UK Sport said: “The unique nature of this event which will welcome 5,000 athletes across various age groups and levels plus the truly unique opportunity for 2,000 members of the general public to race on the Olympic triathlon venue of Hyde Park clearly demonstrates that the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games is being brought to life.
“UK Sport is proud to support the event as a part of the Gold Event Series, a series of events being held in the UK from 2013 to 2019”
The event is being organised in partnership between Upsolut Sports UK and British Triathlon and is supported by the Major of London, Boris Johnson.
He said: "Following the inspirational performances of team GB's Brownlee brothers last summer we're absolutely delighted that the World Triathlon Grand Final is coming to London. Nearly 7,000 people of all fitness levels will be able to take part in this fantastic event, which will no doubt build on the inspiration and the legacy of the London 2012 Games."
For a chance to secure a place, applicants need to enter the ballot which runs from 21 February to 5 March 2013. http://london.triathlon.org/