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Posted: September 3, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: One Year to Go! Edinburgh celebrates 365-day countdown to 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships

In exactly one year's time, duathletes from around the world will arrive in Edinburgh to take part in the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships from 3 to 5 September 2010.

The event is expected to attract hundreds of Elite and Age-Group duathletes to the Scottish capital, where they will compete around the historic Holyrood Park, Arthur's Seat and the Scottish Parliament.

The one-year countdown also marks the official launch of the event website, www.edinburghduathlon2010.com. The website has up-to-date course details, visitor information on the City of Edinburgh and advice on how to volunteer at the event.

Scotland boasts a strong tradition within duathlon, most notably through reigning ETU Duathlon European Champion, Catriona Morrison from Broxburn who is excited the countdown has begun, commenting: “With just 365 days to go before the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships arrive in the Scottish Capital, as a local duathlete I am both proud and excited to be part of such a prestigious event. The course is exciting and challenging and will be a real test of fitness and determination for both the Elite and Age-Group athletes alike. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and it will be a real honour to race in such a fantastic location."

British Triathlon's President, Dr Sarah Springman OBE, commented: "With the countdown underway, the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships are only 365 days away. Edinburgh is a fantastic sporting city and is steeped in history and culture. The event presents a unique opportunity not only to showcase duathlon and our fantastic duathletes, but also to celebrate the work of the British Triathlon Federation and our partners on the world stage."

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh, said: "It's exciting to think that this time next year we'll be welcoming a host of talented duathletes and thousands of keen spectators from all over the world to this great city for the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships."

Having hosted what were acclaimed in 2003 as the best-ever European Cross Country Championships, followed by a successful ETU Duathlon European Championships in 2007 and the fantastic World Cross Country Championships in 2008, we are better placed than anywhere else to deliver this type of major sporting event."

We have demonstrated time and time again that Edinburgh is a truly spectacular arena for world class sporting events and I'm sure these championships will further reinforce this reputation."

Marisol Casado, ITU President added: "Duathlon is an important aspect of our multisport programme and the world championships always bring out the top competitors from across the globe. Spectators and Age-Group duathletes alike will undoubtedly appreciate the immense strength and stamina of the top Elites and likewise we all recognise and admire the hard work and sacrifice of the amateur competitors."

The International Triathlon Union looks forward to re-visiting Edinburgh next year. The unique opportunity for the duathletes to race around the iconic city is an exciting prospect and should enhance the experience of everyone taking part."

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: "The countdown to the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships is well and truly underway and there is real excitement building in Scotland's capital as the city prepares to welcome some of the world's finest Elite duathletes to compete against the stunning backdrop of Arthur's Seat and Holyrood Park. Edinburgh provides an unrivalled host destination for events like this one, offering warm hospitality, an enthusiasm for sport and a fantastic terrain for broadcast. We look forward to welcoming the event in a year's time."

Geoff Earl, President of Triathlonscotland added: "Triathlonscotland is pleased to see that the close working relationship between our self, Edinburgh City Council, Event Scotland and the BTF has resulted in this prestigious event coming to Scotland. The 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championship course is one of the world's most challenging run bike run courses, yet it is also one of the most scenic. This event will be the highlight of the calendar not just for Scottish duathletes, but also for many of the world's best who will be heading for the capital of Scotland in one year's time. Triathlonscotland is particularly pleased that the design of this course will provide a fantastic opportunity for spectators to witness one of our sports showcase events."

About 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. At international level Great Britain boasts a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes. There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned Mazda London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. (www.britishtriathlon.org)

Event Scotland
EventScotland, the national events agency, was established in 2002 with the aim of strengthening and promoting Scotland's events industry. EventScotland does this by attracting, generating and sustaining a portfolio of world class events in Scotland.

In 2009, EventScotland launched the new national events strategy which will lead Scotland's events industry into and beyond 2020.

The national events strategy, Scotland: The Perfect Stage, outlines a clear mission and vision to further establish Scotland as a world leading event destination, to grow the industry and the expertise within it and to deliver events which provide impact and international profile for Scotland.

EventScotland offers funding through two programmes: the National Programme which funds events which drive domestic tourism and the International Programme which funds events which raise the profile of Scotland on a international stage and generate economic impact.

City of Edinburgh Council
Edinburgh is a beautiful, dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a unique architectural heritage and a magnificent natural setting. It is host to many thousands of visitors who come here throughout the year to enjoy numerous cultural and sporting events such as the world famous Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh's Hogmanay and the Six Nations rugby matches. With around one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the UK's most visited tourist destination outside London. Edinburgh is one of the most attractive cities in the world, a fact recognized by UNESCO when conferring World Heritage Site status on the city's Old and New Towns. Edinburgh was recently voted number one in a list of British cities to 'see before you die'.

The City of Edinburgh Council is a partner in the staging of the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships.

Triathlon Scotland
TriathlonScotland is the national governing body for triathlon, duathlon and multi-sport and is responsible for governing all matters in relation to these sports in Scotland. We provide a broad and comprehensive range of services to our 2500+ members, 43 clubs and 9000 participation base in Scotland.

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: Triathlon.org.


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