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Triathlon: Organisers Add Olympic Distance To Hyde Park Experience

Organisers of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship, London, have announced an exciting addition to their Age Group event programme which is due to take place on August 16th -- the day after the elite races are contested on the Olympic venue in Hyde Park.

Participants now have the opportunity to race an Olympic Distance event. This will be a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run and will take place in a series of laps in a spectator-friendly format. So family and friends will be able to see the action close-up.

"We are delighted to be able to react to the demand for an Olympic Distance event", said a spokesperson for Upsolut, the event management company who are staging the event on behalf of the International Triathlon Union.

"We were offered more flexibility on the timetable and decided to grab the opportunity. With bigger gaps between the start waves we can offer an Olympic distance safely".

Entry information for the Olympic Distance is available on www.triathlon-wcs-london.org. Registration for this event will open on July 14th and close on July 26th. Those triathletes who may have already registered for the Sprint Distance event will be able to transfer or stick with their original option and the deadline for all entries has been moved to July 26th to allow triathletes to make their choice.

Meanwhile, Alistair Brownlee's silver medal at the European Championships -- an event in which his younger brother, Jonathan, won the junior men's gold -- will have done nothing to dim the excitement of British triathlon fans at the prospect of seeing him race the world's best in London on August 15th. Brownlee, with his British team-mates, will be in action in Kitzbuehel this weekend and has already won two legs to the World Championships Series in Madrid and Washington.

Upsolut
Upsolut Sports, promoters and organisers of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London is headquartered in Hamburg and is the leading organiser of endurance sports events in Germany. Upsolut specialises in the development, hosting and organisation of professional as well as amateur endurance events, i.e. cycling and triathlon. The company organises some of the world's largest events of its kind including the Vattenfall Cyclassics, Skoda Velothon Berlin and the Dextro Energy Triathlon in Hamburg which in total host more than 45,000 participants. For more information visit: www.upsolut.de.

ITU
The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit: www.triathlon.org

British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport and overarching British matters including relationships with the International Federation, the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Triathlon is a sport that is inclusive, empowering and life changing. A dynamic, attractive and exciting sport from youth to senior and Olympic level. Triathlon also provides opportunities for paratriathletes and age group participation. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. For more information visit: www.britishtriathlon.org.

Visit London
Visit London is the official visitor organisation for London, working in partnership with the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency and the commercial sector. Visit London promotes the UK capital internationally, across Britain and to Londoners targeting leisure and business visitors. Visit London incorporates the Events for London team which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 and Paralympic Games. For broadcast-standard video of London, please visit: www.uksport.gov.uk.

Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes. Our network of Marie Curie Nurses work through the night and day, 365 days a year and care for more than 27,000 patients annually. All Money raised will allow more Marie Curie Nurses to provide free care for terminally ill people in their own homes. To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk.

London's Warm-Up Weekend
The Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship London is part of London's big Warm-Up Weekend on August 15&16th when the sports of triathlon, modern pentathlon and basketball all have big events either taking place or culminating on those two days in the Capital city for more information visit: /www.visitlondonmediacentre.com.


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