The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that the 2013 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships have been awarded to Cogne, Italy and will be held on 22-24 February 2013. The championships will be the first of seven ITU Multisport World Champs in 2013 in seven different countries across varied distances and disciplines.
“We are thrilled to have so many multisports on the calendar for 2013,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “While triathlon is the cornerstone of our organization, we are committed to the development of all multisports. The growth of these disciplines is a great asset in the advancement of our sport across the world.”
In addition to winter triathlon, which involves running and mountain biking on snow, and cross country skiing, the multisport calendar includes three duathlon events, long distance triathlon, cross triathlon, and aquathlon.
The ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champs will be the second multisport world championship to take centre stage. In the 2013 season this event will be held on 2 June in Belfort, France. The race will be decided over a gruelling 4K swim, 110K bike and 30K run, approximately three times the Olympic triathlon distance.
Cross triathlon, which consists of swimming, mountain biking, and cross-country running, will have its World Championships on 13 July in Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands. The Dutch city was the location of this year’s successful Cross Triathlon European Championships.
Up next will be the three duathlon competitions, starting with the elite world championships as part of the World Games on 26-27 July in Cali, Colombia. Only the elites will race the 10K run, 40K bike, 5K run race in Cali, which marks duathlon’s debut in the World Games.
From 10-11 August, the Canadian capital of Ottawa will host the ITU Duathlon World Championships for Mixed Relay, Junior, Under23, Age-Group, and Paratriathlon categories.
The duathlon portion of the calendar will conclude with the return of the Long Distance Duathlon World Championships to Zofingen, Switzerland, for the third consecutive year in a continuation of ITU’s partnership with Powerman. The gruelling 10K run, 150K bike, 30K run will take place on 8 September and marks the 25th anniversary of the Powerman Zofingen.
The 2013 ITU World Championships for Aquathlon – a 2.5K run, 1K swim, 2.5K run – will coincide with the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on 11 September in Hyde Park, the London 2012 Olympic venue.
2013 ITU Multisport World Championships:
- Winter Triathlon World Championships – February 22-24, Cogne, Italy
- Long Distance Triathlon World Championships – June 2, Belfort, France
- Cross Triathlon World Championships – July 13, Den Haag, Netherlands
- Elite Duathlon World Championships (World Games) – July 26-27, Cali, Colombia
- Duathlon World Championships – August 10-11, Ottawa, Canada
- Long Distance Duathlon World Championships – September 8, Zofingen, Switzerland
- Aquathlon World Championships – September 11, London, United Kingdom