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Olympic fever sees Buckingham Palace course sell out

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The latest release from British Triathlon confirms the growing popularity of triathlon, as places for the Olympic Distance Buckingham Palace course in 2011 have already sold out.

Places still remain for the Sprint or Olympic Distance on Saturday 6 August 2011, within the park, as well as for the Sprint Distance on Sunday 7 August on the Buckingham Palace route.

The appeal of triathlon combined with the chance of a lifetime to feel like an Olympian for the day [competing on the London 2012 course] – has meant that entries for the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London, presented by Tata Steel, on August 6 and 7, are selling in record time.

Last week, organisers announced that the race route would, for the first time, feature a trip out of Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace.

Entries opened at 09:00 last Thursday and over 1,000 had already been sold by mid-afternoon – an unprecedented pick-up for an event which only began in 2009 under the auspices of British Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union (ITU).

As there are only a handful of entries left for the Sunday those interested in competing need to act fast.

Age groupers on Saturday will race on the hugely successful 2010 Hyde Park Course and do not need to worry about an early morning start. The Age Group races on Saturday over Sprint and Olympic Distance will be staged from 11.30 – 20.00. There is no entry standard as the races are open to everyone – whether participating in their first triathlon or entering as an experienced triathlete.

Whatever distance and day chosen, all participants will be treated like the pros and experience a slice of what is to come in 2012.

“We knew this event was a chance of a lifetime and thought entries would go quite quickly but had no idea it would prove so popular so soon,” said Robert Puestow, representing Upsolut Sports UK which organises and promotes the event.

“For those who have missed out on the Buckingham Palace Route there is still the chance, though, to soak up the atmosphere on the day and race alongside the stars of the sport within the Hyde Park route,” he added.

This year’s event will also feature an extended expo area in Hyde Park with trade stands and stalls and exhibitions targeted at participants and spectators.

The elite races, once again backed by UK Sport, will provide the world’s best with an opportunity to test their abilities at the Olympic venue.

Whilst Olympic Distance places have sold out on the Buckingham Palace route, places still remain for the Sprint Distance on this route, as well as for both distances on the Hyde Park route.

Although likely to sell out sooner, early bird options on entry fees are also available until 31 December, 2010, at www.triathlon-wcs-london.org.