One of the largest and ‘top ranked multisport events’ in the US – the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon (PHLYTRI) has announced new features and partnerships for the 2011 event, which takes place on 24-26 June 2010.
The seventh annual PHLYTRI will host an entire weekend of multisport events including:
• the PHLYTRI Olympic distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run) which for the second year will be part of the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup;
• the PHLYTRI Sprint distance race (0.9K swim, 24K bike and 5K run);
• Kids Fun Runs & Duathlons; and
• a two-day multisport expo.
New features announced for the 2011 PHLYTRI include:
Aquabike – PHLYTRI has added an Aquabike wave for both the Sprint and Olympic races. According to PHLYTRI race organisers, as one of the fastest growing segments of multisport, Aquabike is a swim/bike competition created as a way to increase participation in athletes who have suffered running related injuries by eliminating the run portion of the event.
Improved Olympic distance run course – in response to athlete feedback, the PHLYTRI Olympic race run course will be modified to lessen the long, sun-drenched finishing stretch on MLK Drive.
New community partnerships – PHLYTRI has expanded its community partnerships to include the Fairmount Park Conservancy and The Cadence Cycling Foundation. These two organisations join long-standing charitable partner, The Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which benefits greatly from the Karr Barth CHOP Charity Challenge at the PHLYTRI Sprint race.
Recognised as one of the ‘10 Greenest Races’ by Triathlete Magazine, PHLYTRI will be working with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and event sponsor Nathan Performance Gear on a Green Race Initiative.
Meanwhile, the event is expanding its involvement with the Cadence Cycling Foundation to provide the boys and girls in their program enhanced opportunities to participate in the sport of triathlon.
PHLYTRI continues its affiliation with the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup. An increased prize purse of US$40,000 will ensure another strong field of top US and international pros competing.
The event will again host an Elite Amateur wave in both the Olympic and Sprint races. Eligibility for the Olympic Elite Amateur wave requires a time under 2:15 for men and 2:30 for women within the past two years.
The top three finishers in the Olympic Elite Amateur wave will qualify for the Toyota US Open in October, the championship event of the Life Time Fitness Series. For the Sprint, it’s a top ten overall finish in a Sprint Race in the past three years. Registrants need to provide a link to the qualifying results. There is no Elite Amateur wave for the new Aquabike race format.