The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced the complete calendar for 2016, including its top tier World Triathlon Series, the full para-triathlon schedule, all multi-sport World Championships, as well as World Cups, Continental Cups and Continental Championship events.
“Next year is very important for ITU, as our athletes turn their attention towards Rio in hopes of making their Olympic [and Paralympic] dreams come true,” said ITU President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Marisol Casado. “This calendar of events will offer opportunities to realise those dreams, as well as grow the sport around the world.”
While the World Triathlon Series and World Cup calendars were announced earlier in the year, one additional event has been added to the schedule of World Cups with Cagliari, Italy, to be contested on 7-8 May 2016.
In addition to the seven World Para-triathlon Events, a stand-alone Para-triathlon World Championships and five Continental Championships will also be held in this historically important year for para-triathlon, during which the sport will debut at the Paralympics.
All five Para-triathlon Continental Championships and the World Para-triathlon Events will play a major role in qualification for Rio. ITU will offer classification opportunities at various para-triathlon races, which will be communicated shortly.
As the initiative to grow the sport of triathlon in the winter months continues, ITU is excited to announce the addition of the Quebec ITU S3 Winter Triathlon World Cup to its 2016 calendar, along with several other Winter Triathlon events that will offer the traditional format.
The event in Quebec, Canada, which will be held on 19-21 February, will be a three-day long celebration where age groupers, para-triathletes and elites will all have a chance to compete in the snow and ice with a race format that includes snowshoeing, speed skating and skiing. This race comes in addition to the traditional Winter Triathlon World Championships format of running, biking and cross country skiing to be held in Austria 12-14 February.
The complete 2016 calendar can be found on the ITU’s website.