Havana Triathlon 2017: A sporting challenge
The third edition of the Havana International Triathlon will take place February 25-26 with over 400 competitors
8 de febrero de 2017 - Taken from Granma
The third edition of the Havana International Triathlon, an emblematic race, will welcome more than 400 participants from 20 countries February 25-26 in the Half Iron, Sprint, and Elite Sprint categories, as reported by local media.
This cooperation project, which transcends a purely sporting event, aims to contribute to collaboration for the development of this discipline in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The special event encompasses sport and commitment, in which the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI) and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) are actively involved.
The Cuban capital will be fully prepared to welcome all the athletes, their families and friends, who will experience the excitement of this great challenge.
The event will take place over the same routes as previous editions. On Saturday, February 25, the Half Irondistance medal will be disputed (1.9km swim, 90km cycling and 21km run), as well as the medals for the different age categories in the Sprint race, with the starting point at the Marina Hemingway and the finish line at the José Martí Anti-imperialist Tribune.
The following day will see the main event, the ITU Elite Sprint (750m swim, 20 km cycling and 5km run), in the areas of the Marina Hemingway.
This project unites cooperation, culture and sport, and effectively contributes to the development of these disciplines in Cuba.
There has been unconditional support from the ITU and several national triathlon federations, primarily those from Spain, Mexico, Italy and the United States.
Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Panama, France, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Spain, Austria, Italy, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, the UK, Poland, Chile, New Zealand and the Dominican Republic are confirmed among the list of participating nations.
Competing for Cuba will be members of the national triathlon pre-selection roster, Leslie Amat and Michel González, who have won several medals in regional and continental events.
“As in previous editions, the winners will receive, in addition to their prizes, pieces by renowned Cuban visual artists,” noted Alejandro Puerto, national commissioner of the discipline.
Cuba will host several events in this specialty in 2018, following a contract signed with the International Triathlon Union, and aims to host one of the phases of the World Cup in 2019.