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New Urban Toronto Triathlon Festival Announced

toronto triathlon festivalCanada's Olympic Gold Medalist, Simon Whitfield was on hand along with along with race organizers yesterday to help introduce a new triathlon festival in Ontario, Canada. Toronto's waterfront will be the backdrop for the new urban setting for the Toronto Triathlon Festival which Whitfield will use as a tune-up race before heading to London for the Olympic Games.

Triathlon: Toronto Triathlon Festival
When: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Events: Olympic, Sprint
Website: www.torontotriathlonfestival.com

The race weekend will be a celebration of the ultimate challenge of human endurance and tenacity and ideally a signature event on the North American triathlon circuit. One of the main features of the race is the key role the city itself will play, as the urban race route takes athletes on an unparalleled experience through Toronto's harbourfront, its majestic skyline and a scenic valley to boot. For the first time ever, triathletes will bike Toronto's downtown highways.

"I have special memories of racing in downtown Toronto in 2000 and 2001 and I am pleased to have Toronto back in my race calendar," said Simon Whitfield. "It will serve as an effective tune-up race for my fourth Olympics in London. I am committed to promoting the Toronto Triathlon Festival to ensure it becomes an enduring legacy for my sport in Canada's largest city."

Four different ways to take part in the triathlon:

  • • Olympic Distance (1,500me Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run)
  • • Sprint Distance (750me Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run)
  • • Olympic Relay (teams of 3 compete relay-style, each completing a leg of the race)
  • • Sprint Relay (teams of 3 compete relay-style, each completing a leg of the race)

The 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival will offer World Championship Qualifying Spots for both the Olympic and Sprint Distance races. As well, Triathlon Canada has awarded the 2013 and 2014 National Championships to the Toronto Triathlon Festival which will help attract participants from across the country.

"We believe the Toronto Triathlon Festival will provide the ultimate urban race experience and will allow Toronto to stand proudly amongst this distinguished list of world class host cities." - Sports Focused Consulting President, Jeff Chong

The Toronto Triathlon Festival kicks off with a two-day Sports and Fitness Expo with ample opportunities to catch the latest in fitness gear, fitness demos, meet with event sponsors and many other exhibitors to help take you and your fitness to the next level. The festival will also feature a Friday Night Fun Run and on Saturday the Kids of Steel Run.

For more information on the Toronto Triathlon Festival event or how to register, visit www.torontotriathlonfestival.com.
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