The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed that Ottawa, Canada, will now act as the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships for Under23, Junior, Paraduathlon and Age-Group athletes, replacing the previous host city Segovia. The races will be held on 10-11 August 2013, in the centre of Canada’s capital city.
The elite races for the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships will be held at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia. The World Games, first held in 1981, are a major international multisport event held every four years for sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games. Duathlon appears in the World Games for the first time in 2013.
Marisol Casado (IOC), President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) said ”As the President of ITU, I am delighted to inform you that the 2013 Duathlon World Championships for Age Groups, Junior, U23 and Paraduathlon will take place in your national capital, Ottawa. We are delighted to make this award to this wonderful city. We are confident that Triathlon Canada, the national federation, and the beautiful city of Ottawa will deliver a wonderful event.”
While course details are being finalised with Ottawa Tourism and will involve the input of the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa and other stakeholders, it is proposed that for the full distance ITU World Championship events, the opening 10K run will be two 5K loops that will see the athletes run from Parliament, cross the Ottawa River on a bridge with stunning views, and return on another bridge for a looped course.
The proposed 40K bike will start with a technical portion downtown, then head out on the Ottawa River parkway for an out-and-back portion. It will be a one-loop cycle. The final 5K run will repeat the first loop of the opening run. The junior, paraduathlon and age-group sprint races will be contested over a sprint distance course, completing less laps of the same course.