Phuket has been chosen to host the Long Distance
Triathlon Series (LD) event under the International Triathlon
Union (ITU) banner.
The event is part of a triathlon weekend which will take place 9 and 10 November in Patong, Phuket,
The weekend starts with a Sprint triathlon (750m
swim, 20km bike, 5km run), Olympic Distance triathlon (1.5km/40km/10km) and relay events on Saturday 9th November as part of
the ITU Asian Cup, followed by the headline event the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute
World Group on Sunday 10th November, which comprises a 3km swim,
80km bike and 20km run.
Each event will be capped at 500
competitors for 2013 and following an early expression of interest
over 300 Athletes have already registered.
There are Elite
and Age Group categories, with world ranking points available and
prize money in excess of US$40,000 (approximately THB1.2 million)
for the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event
presented by the Absolute World Group.
“We are delighted
Phuket is one of the hosts for the 2013 ITU Long Distance
Triathlon Series,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “We are confident the local organising committee, with the
support of the Absolute World Group, will host a great event that
will generate high interest in both triathlon and the beautiful
island of Phuket.”
course will start and finish in Patong, the island's tourism centre, and will include a series of loops
ensuring spectators can view the action up close.
working closely with the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) as
well as the Thai triathlon community to encourage more local and
"Triathlon in Thailand is growing
in popularity. We are excited that Phuket is hosting a world-class
ITU Long Distance Triathlon event. This is a great opportunity for
Thai athletes and all athletes around Asia to compete
shoulder-to-shoulder with top elite and age-groupers from around
the world," said Vijitr Sittinawin, President, Triathlon
Association of Thailand. "There has already been a lot of
interest from national associations, particularly in Asia, wanting
to send their national teams and age groupers to join. We expect a
strong turnout and a highly competitive field with some big name
sponsors and further prizes to be announced."
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