The dates for the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada, are set for 26 August to 2 September 2014.
Locally, the race will be known as TRIEDMONTON: The Rally in the Valley, a recognition of Edmonton’s expansive river valley, a ribbon of green through the city that includes more than 160K of multi-use trails.
“We will be ready to welcome the world,” says Don Lowry, Chairman, 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. “Our local organizing committee is busy making plans to ensure all athletes, spectators and sponsors will have a memorable first class race experience in Canada.”
“Edmonton has been a staple city on the ITU calendar for many years,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “Given their extensive experience organizing ITU events, we have no doubt they will host a world class event that continues to push the standards of excellence we have seen in our Grand Final events.”
Hawrelak Park will serve as the main venue and scenic backdrop for five days of heart-pumping, fast-paced race action. Athletes will begin their world championship quest in Hawrelak Park Lake, transition to the River Valley, bike through the Provincial Legislature grounds and the University of Alberta area of Edmonton and run amid the cheers of thousands of cheering fans in the temporary stadium area in Hawrelak Park.
In addition to hosting nine ITU World Cups from 2002-2013, Hawrelak Park served as the host venue for the 2001 Triathlon World Championships.
The annual event starts with the Sport and Lifestyle EXPO on 26 August 2014 and wraps up with the ITU Congress on 2 September. More than 4,000 athletes are expected to descend on Edmonton and take part in the week-long festivities including a parade of nations, and opening and closing ceremonies.
Races take place from 27 August to 1 September and include the elite men’s and women’s competition as well as U23, Junior, Paratriathlon, Aquathlon, Team Triathlon, Olympic and Sprint age group world championships. A detailed schedule will be released at a later date.