Auckland to Host 2012 World Triathlon Final

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 6 July 2010

New Zealand has won a bid to host the final of the 2012 world triathlon championships.

More than 4500 tri-athletes, including international stars, and supporters are expected for the event that will not only include the mens and womens grand finals, but also seven other triathlon events over several days.

A sporting festival will surround the races scheduled to run from 18 - 22 October, 2012 with the hub at downtown Aucklands Queens Wharf.

Triathlon New Zealand (TNZ) estimates the event will have an economic impact of about NZ$30.9m. The estimated global television audience could be in excess of 13 million.

 "This is like having the Olympics come to town for our sport; the very best in the world will race the likes of New Zealands Bevan Docherty, Kris Gemmell, Andrea Hewitt and Debbie Tanner in our own backyard, past our own landmarks and in front of a parochial Kiwi crowd," said Triathlon New Zealand chief executive, Dave Beeche.

Activity for the four days of triathlon events will be focused on Aucklands waterfront and CBD with transition, finish line and spectator viewing areas based on Queens Wharf.

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