The superhumans are coming back. All eyes will again be on Edmonton, in the fall of 2020, as the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final returns to Alberta’s Capital City.
The 2020 event will provide the opportunity to once again put the some of best athletes in the world on the streets of Edmonton with the races starting in Hawrelak Park with the 750-metre swim, and the 20-kilometre bike portion winding through Edmonton’s downtown. The event will see more than 5,000 triathletes and para-triathletes compete in elite, age group and junior races. An expected 125 million television viewers from over 190 countries, will watch along as the world’s best triathletes compete.
Edmonton has been hosting triathlon events for more than 15 years. In 2001, Edmonton hosted the World Championships and later, the renamed ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in 2014 for which the event won the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Award for International Event of the Year.
Edmonton has worked hard to earn much respect within the global triathlon community. And its paid off. By 2020, only Lausanne, Switzerland – home of the International Triathlon Union – and Edmonton will have staged three world championships.
Edmonton’s annual stop on the World Triathlon Series schedule for many years has contributed to the growth of the sport and its legacy here. In 2016 WTS Edmonton introduced more events to create the ultimate weekend triathlon festival, with the addition of the National Sprint Duathlon Championships, aquathlon (swim/run) and aquabike (swim/bike) events. The 2017 races are set for July 28-30.
Check out the 2014 highlight video here.