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ITU Worlds Update: Aquathlon, Short Course Triathlon

Feb. 12, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)

VANCOUVER, Canada (Feb. 12 2008) The International Triathlon Union announced that Monterrey, Mexico will host the 2008 ITU Aquathlon World Championships on June 28. A $10,000 USD prize purse (equal for men and women) will be at stake for the elite athletes. 

The 2007 ITU Aquathlon World Championships were held in Ixtapa, Mexico and consisted of a 2.5-kilometer run, 1-kilometer swim, and finished with another 2.5-kilometer run. American Sarah Groff won the women’s title with a time of 32 minutes and 52 seconds. Mexican Sergio Sarmiento delighted the home crowds by taking the men’s crown with a time of 29 minutes and 54 seconds, the only competitor last year to break the 30-minute barrier.

Former Aquathlon World Champions include Americans Sara McLarty (2006) and Sheila Taormina (2004 Triathlon World Champion and Olympian) and Tim Don (2006 Triathlon World Champion and two-time Olympian) of Great Britain.

More information on the 2008 ITU Aquathlon World Championships including course details and start lists will be available soon on the event page.

Schedule Changes for Short Course Triathlon Worlds

Due to unforeseen issues regarding road closures and tide schedules with the swim venue, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships has been forced to alter the previously published provisional event schedule. The LOC apologizes for any inconvenience this change has caused athletes, coaches and National Federations. However, this was an unavoidable change and had to be made to ensure a safe and fair world championship for all. Please see below for the updated provisional race schedule:

Thursday June 5, 2008
Junior Women – 7:00 a.m.
Junior Men – 9:00 a.m.
Junior Medal Ceremonies – 10:30 a.m.

Friday June 6, 2008
Age Group Sprint Distance – first wave at 6:30 a.m.

Saturday June 7, 2008
Corporate Challenge – 6:30 a.m.
Age Group Olympic Distance & AWAD – first wave at 6:45 a.m.

Sunday June 8, 2008
Under-23 Women – 7:00 a.m.
Under-23 Men – 10:00 a.m.
Elite Women – 1:00 p.m.
Elite Men - 4:00 p.m.
Under-23 & Elite Medal Ceremonies – 6:15 p.m.

The latest provisional event schedule will be published shortly on, the official website for the 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships.

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