THE Isle of Man will host its first long-distance triathlon next year, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in Douglas Bay, a 112-mile cycle and a marathon run.
Tagged the ‘TT Triathlon’, the event is scheduled for June 30, 2013 and will use parts of the Mountain Course for the run and cycle legs, together with the Grandstand area for one of the transitions.
Experienced long-distance triathlon race director and course designer, Richard Wallace, commented: ‘The Isle of Man’s environment lends itself perfectly to outdoor sport with wide expansive spaces, challenging terrain and varied weather conditions. The island also has extensive experience of hosting large-scale sports events with good air and sea travel links and a broad range of accommodation to suit all budgets.
‘The TT Course itself is one of the world’s truly iconic race venues and we will be offering competitors unrivalled access to what we believe will quickly become one of the great events in the endurance sport calendar.’
The TT Triathlon will slot into the island’s calendar of major events one week after the Parish Walk and it is hoped that it could attract as many as 500 competitors in the first year.
Geoff Corkish, political Member for Tourism, Department of Economic Development, commented: ‘We are fully embracing the growing popularity of extreme sports events to generate additional visitors to benefit the island’s economy by working with local and off-island partners.
‘We have identified an experienced team to execute the event that brings together the best of local and off-island expertise.’
Entries open on September 4 and the entry fee will be £275 per individual, with travel and accommodation packages starting at £130 for those travelling to the event. Visit www.TTTri.com more details.
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