The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has opened the bidding process for the 2019 World Triathlon Series. Cities interested in hosting some the sport of triathlon’s most prestigious races must submit their candidacy by 20 February 2018. The successful cities will be announced by 29 April 2018.
“Every season, the World Triathlon Series brings the world’s best triathletes to the world’s greatest cities, offering them global exposure and a worldwide audience, as well as the thrill and live atmosphere of elite-level racing,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Each year, the WTS attracts thousands of triathletes and spectators to our events, and by hosting one of these exciting races, we offer your city the perfect way to promote the enormous positive benefits of sport and to bring comprehensive international attention to your city.”
“The 2019 season will see a particularly amazing series of races as the athletes also compete to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, both as individuals and as teams,” said Kris Gemmell, Manager of the ITU World Triathlon Series.
He continued, “As such, we want to produce the very best stages on which these remarkable men and women can show their talents to the world. The interest from cities wishing to host our top-tier events has never been greater. Over the past five years, we have consistently grown and expanded and we consider it a huge honour to see more and more venues, National Federations and local governments willing to work in close cooperation with us to deliver these world-class events.”
Next year’s 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) was confirmed in September. As bidding opens for 2019 event host cities, the series is positioned as the sport’s premier triathlon series and features the best triathletes on the planet racing head-to-head in up to ten events every year, held all around the world and including the Grand Final. In addition to competing for the title of world champion, athletes vie for the sport’s highest cumulative prize-money purse.
The WTS comprises Olympic distance events (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run), sprint distance events (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run), two-day semi-final/final formats, and Mixed Relay events. For the second time, 2019 will see ITU hold the Mixed Relay Series, giving cities the chance to host an event with both the individual and team races, or one or the other.
ITU adds that hosting a WTS event offers the opportunity to ‘showcase your city to an audience of millions via our live international television broadcast, in addition to attracting thousands of international visitors and race participants. The annual on-site spectator numbers across the series are in excess of 1.5 million people.’
In addition to live TV, ITU produces an hour-long TV-magazine show from each event, offers live internet coverage, extensive social media exposure and worldwide news distribution. In 2017, 22 television and broadcast partners covered the WTS season, including the BBC, NBC, NHK, ARD and Fox Australia.
Host cities also have a unique opportunity to host a World Triathlon Series event on an ongoing, multi-year basis. This long-term approach offers benefits, including ‘greater appeal to major sponsors, raising the overall number of mass participants, improving the organisational structure, raising media profile, engaging the community and creating parallel local and national health initiatives for the general public, and the positive affiliation with one of the world’s most highly respected and fastest-growing sports.’