Beijing, China (8 September 2011) - At its 24th annual Congress, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) today unveiled the dates and host cities for the 2012 ITU Triathlon World Championship Series. Wrapped around the London 2012 Olympic Games, the world's top triathletes will battle for the ITU World Championship titles in an 8-city global series staged on four continents, including a stop in triathlon's birthplace - San Diego, California, USA.
2012 ITU World Championship Series:
April 14-15: Sydney, Australia
May 12-13: San Diego, USA
May 26-27: Madrid, Spain (final event in Olympic qualifying)
June 23-24: Kitzbühel, Austria
July 21-22: Hamburg, Germany
August 25-26: Lausanne, Switzerland (includes ITU Team Triathlon World Championships)
September (exact weekend TBC): Yokohama, Japan
Grand Final - October 20-22: Auckland, New Zealand
All elite women's and men's races will be broadcast live to an international audience and streamed online live. In 2011, the series was broadcast in more than 160 countries.
"The ITU World Championship Series is the pinnacle of triathlon, which will be exemplified with the 2012 installment of the series and a line-up of eight world class cities," said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. "The sport and this series continues to grow every year and we expect 2012 to be the most spectacular triathlon season ever."
The first series event of 2012 takes place in Sydney for the third straight year amidst the backdrop of legendary Sydney Opera house, where the triathlon was held in its Olympic Games debut in 2000.
Photo Credit: ITU