According to a report in Canada’s Edmonton Journal, the local city council have recently given race organisers a further C$15,000 to support next month’s International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup event in Hawrelak Park, Edmonton.
An initial contribution of C$75,000 was approved last November. However, ahead of the forthcoming 10 July race there was insufficient time to raise all the money required, noted Government and Public Affairs Chair Brian Hetherington.
Last year, the ITU gave Edmonton city approval to hold World Cups from 2011 to 2015. Edmonton had hosted the 2001 ITU Triathlon World Championships and was previously the location of an annual World Cup event until 2007.
Unveiling the 2011 ITU World Cup series last October, Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member, said that “ITU remains committed to delivering a World Cup series that’s comparable to the [ITU Dextro Energy] World Championship Series.
According to the Edmonton Journal report, without the extra cash in the event’s C$1.1 million budget, organisers faced cancelling such items as the large-screen TV for spectators.
Three straight international victories by Edmonton’s Paula Findlay have also boosted interest in the upcoming ITU World Cup event, which could draw a local record of more than 20,000 spectators.
In addition to the ITU World Cup event on 10 July, the Edmonton Triathlon Festival takes place across the weekend of 9-10 July 2011. Held at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton, the festival will include adult age groups and Kids of Steel triathlons for juniors aged 11 and 12-15.