Give new event a ‘tri’ as Leeds reaches 100 days to go until ITU World Triathlon Series debut

Triathlon star Jonny Brownlee in Millennium Square, Leeds. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Triathlon star Jonny Brownlee in Millennium Square, Leeds. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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With just 100 days to go until the world’s greatest triathletes descend on Leeds, people in the city are being urged to ‘tri’ something new.

A special ‘Go Tri’ event for people of all abilities is being launched today, which will see residents tackle a fun mini triathlon including a 200metre swim, 10km bike ride and 2.5km run during a sports festival in Roundhay Park on June 11.

London 2012 Olympic triathlete Lucy Hall is joining Leeds City Council cycling champion Coun Roger Harington at Armley Leisure Centre today to unveil the idea which is part of the build-up to Leeds’ ITU World Triathlon Series debut.

The leisure centre will join facilities at Fearnville, Middleton and Woodhouse in becoming Go Tri training hubs for those preparing for the £10-entry Roundhay Park event.

The Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds will then see the likes of the Brownlee brothers take on a 1.5km swim through Roundhay’s Waterloo Lake, cycle 42.5km through Leeds and run 10km to the Millennium Square finish on June 12.

Jenny Vincent, triathlon engagement project manager at Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, said: “Launching our Go Tri event today in Armley is really exciting, providing a great opportunity for the local community to ‘Tri Something New’ and get active. Over the coming months we will be confirming a host of swim, cycle and run sessions locally, that will aim to maximise the excitement and legacy of the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds.”

The unveiling of the route of the Leeds round of the ITU World Triathlon Series at Leeds City Museum. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

The unveiling of the route of the Leeds round of the ITU World Triathlon Series at Leeds City Museum. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

There are 500 places available for the Go Tri, which is part of the Tri Something New programme – a series of events as part of Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds weekend.

Tri Something New will involve a sports festival, British Youth & Junior Aquathlon Championships, Tri Star Performance Triathlon for the Yorkshire stars of the future, and the Triathlon England – National Aquathlon Championships at Roundhay Park on Saturday June 11.

The Sunday will of course feature the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds main event as well as a mass participation triathlon for enthusiasts, which will cover the same route as the pros.

Coun Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader, said: “Now we have reached 100 days to go before the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds the anticipation level for the event is really starting to grow.

“We are delighted the exciting programme of events and activities taking place in Roundhay Park on the Saturday have now been revealed, which will hopefully attract families and locals to sample triathlon as a taster to the main event the following day.

“The whole weekend promises to be a fantastic occasion showcasing Leeds to the world, so we are counting down the days to June.”

For details visit leeds.triathlon.org.