IMG, in partnership with the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing, has opened registration for the eighth annual Beijing International Triathlon. This year’s event is set to take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Garden Expo Park in the Fengtai District of Beijing, China.
IMG adds that last year’s 2,000 race slots for the Olympic and sprint distance races sold out quickly.
New this year, the professional race division is draft-legal, allowing racers to closely draft off one another ‘adding increased intensity and excitement to the competition’. A field of elite pros will compete for a US$100,000 prize purse. The age groupers’ division will remain a non-drafting format.
The Olympic distance course will showcase the eco-friendly environment and cultural attractions in Fengtai. This includes a 1.5km swim through Garden Expo Lake; a challenging 40km bike race through the villages of Fengtai and up Qian Ling Mountain – the highest peak in Southwest Beijing; and a 10km run through the gardens and up the steep steps of the Garden Expo Park.
The sprint race, set to take place on Saturday, September 7, will take triathletes on a 750m lake swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run through the grounds of the expansive Garden Expo Park.
Garden Expo Park is located west of the Yongding River and east of Eagle Mountain. Within the Garden Expo Park, lush gardens replicate famous regions of China, including Beijing, Jinan, Shanghai, Lingnan, Tangshan and more.
The Beijing International Triathlon serves as the only qualifier race in Asia for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The Beijing International Triathlon will award the top 50 men and women across each age group and division in the Olympic distance race a guaranteed race entry in the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (entry fee is the responsibility of the racer).
The Beijing International Triathlon is owned by the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing and produced by IMG.