With an impressive roster of sponsors in the bag, following the confirmation of a number of event partners in recent days and weeks, ITU World Triathlon Chicago has now confirmed BP as a Main-Level Sponsor and the Official Energy Partner of the event, which will take place on 27-29 June, in Grant Park, Chicago.
BP’s new status with the ITU World Triathlon Chicago is an extension of its partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and US Paralympics. BP will provide support to all six races set to take place over two days in Chicago, including the ITU World Paratriathlon event, which will feature 60 elite paratriathletes from around the world competing as a lead-up to the sport’s debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“As a proud partner of the United States Olympic Committee, BP is honoured to sponsor ITU World Triathlon Chicago, where triathletes from across the globe will compete for a chance to represent their countries in the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Luis Sierra, President of BP Chemicals.
“We’re particularly excited about supporting this weekend’s paratriathlon, which makes its Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016, given that we’ve long been a leader in backing both US Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”
“BP has been an outstanding supporter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement over the past four years, and we are proud to welcome them as the Official Energy Partner of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “As we look ahead to Rio de Janeiro in 2016, this partnership demonstrates the strong commitment BP is now making to the sport of triathlon.”
BP America has been a partner of the US Olympic Committee since 2010 and sponsors athletes bound for the Olympic and Paralympic Games while providing funding to local sport clubs and athlete charities.
The ITU World Triathlon Chicago is produced by Lagardère Unlimited Events North America and USA Triathlon.
Over the past five years, BP notes that it has invested more than US$55 billion in the US – more than any other energy company. BP is the US nation’s second-largest producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Directly employing more than 20,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs through all of its business activities.
The City of Chicago joins the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2014 and 2015, including the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and Age Group World Championships. One of just eight series events around the globe in 2014, Chicago will welcome 130 of the world’s top Olympic-distance triathletes alongside such cities as Auckland, Cape Town, Yokohama, London, Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton.
In addition to the elite races, the event features top-flight Olympic- and sprint-distance age-group races, as well as two relay options, offering amateurs the chance to compete in the same epic venue as the world’s best athletes. Launched in 2009, and re-branded in 2011, the ITU World Triathlon Series is televised in more than 160 countries.