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ITU World Triathlon O2 Long Distance Series to Debut in Phuket


Absolute World Group will bring premier LD World Triathlon Series to Phuket Thailand in 2013. Attracting Athletes from around the world to the Island and showcasing through International TV broadcasts in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Hot on the heels of the London 2012 Olympics, the Absolute World Group together with International Sports Events Consulting (ISEC) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU), announce Phuket will host the first Absolute Phuket ITU O2 LD World Series Triathlon 2013. One of only eight in the prestigious ITU O2 Long Distance World Triathlon Series, the Phuket Triathlon will take place May 4th and 5th, 2013 in Patong.

The event expects over 600 athletes including top professional athletes, Olympians and World Champions who will line-up alongside amateurs to participate in Phuket's first ITU triathlon event, the 2013 Absolute Phuket ITU O2 LD World Series Triathlon.

The Absolute Phuket ITU O2 LD World Series Triathlon 2013 is strategically positioned in the global triathlon calendar, at the beginning of the Europe and USA seasons, and will attract many elite and amateur triathletes to compete in Phuket's warmer climate, together with a large showing from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, Japan, Australia and Thailand. More than 25 countries will be represented in the first year.

May also coincides with the beginning of Phuket's low season and the influx of athletes, friends and families, likely to total more than 2,000, will be a welcomed addition to what is traditionally a quieter period for the Island's hospitality industry.

"Leading cities around the world are targeting international sporting events as part of their corporate social responsibility strategies and with our commitment to health and fitness within our resorts and organization the Absolute World Group are proud to bring the ITU World Triathlon Series event to Phuket. Showcasing this wonderful Island to participants, families and friends, and to the world through dedicated TV broadcasts in more than 120 countries worldwide." commented Bryan Lunt, Chairman of the Absolute World Group.

The Absolute Phuket ITU O2 LD World Series Triathlon 2013 will take place over the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Consisting of three disciplines - swim/ bike/ run - the two days will include a number of distances and race formats, including Sprint (750m/ 20km/ 5km), Olympic Distance (1.5km/ 40km/ 10km), team relay and ITU Kids. On Sunday 5th May, the main event will be the Double Olympic Distance race (3km/ 80km/ 20km).

The course runs though Phuket's stunning coastline and west coast beaches of the Andaman Sea. Athletes start with an open water swim off Patong Beach, transition to their bikes and race south past Karon Beach to Kata Beach, and back - a technical and hilly route, where one lap is approximately 25km. The run is a flat road race around Patong, heading south along the beachfront, with one lap approximately 5km. The finish will be on Bangla Road, in the heart of Patong.

There will be Elite and Age Group categories, with world ranking points available and a prize in excess of Euro 30,000.

Thailand Triathlon Champion and the event's Race Ambassador, Jaray Jearanai, will be racing in the Absolute World Group team alongside a selection of the world's top triathletes.

"Phuket will be among one of eight iconic global cities selected to be part of triathlon's largest world series and the Absolute World Group is proud to have secured this great opportunity for Phuket, to be a part of the ITU World Triathlon Series, and to position Phuket as a world-leading sporting and tourism destination," added Lunt.

Full registration will be launching on the November 1st at www.ituphukettriathlon.com and the latest updates can be found on the event Facebook Page accessible through the website.