Penticton to Host 2017 ITU World Championship Festival
The City of Penticton has been awarded the first ever International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championship Festival for 2017, a massive 10 day celebration that will see athletes from all over the world vying for four different multisport titles.
Kevin Cutjar helped assemble the winning bid, and says the Festival will attract the best of the best from around the world. “Athletes will need to qualify for their specific race in their respective home countries ,” says Cutjar, “as a result, each Championship will feature the world’s best age group competitors.”
“It’s massive for British Columbia.” declares Allan Prazsky, Executive Director of Triathlon BC. “Between a record number of events on our calendar this year, inclusion in the 2016 America’s Masters Games, and now, the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships, the province is establishing itself as a destination for triathletes.”
The 10 day festival will include the premiere event, the long distance championships, and be book ended by the World Cross Triathlon (Off-Road), World Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run), and the World Aquathlon (Swim-Run) Championships.
Kuchar says in the past, the World Championship races have been held in separate venues across the world, but with the multisport festival, featuring four World Title competitions in Penticton, travel and logistics for athletes is much easier, and also allows them take on more than one World Championship event.