Cancun, Q.R. — Mexico, D.F. sport officials and the state of Qunitana Roo have announced the World Cozumel – Playa del Carmen Triathlon Championship 2016. Cozumel has been chosen to be the Grand Final Host.
The announcement was made by Jaime Cadaval, president of the Mexican Triathlon Federation, Antonio Alvarez, vice president of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), Carlos Padilla Becerra, president of the Mexican Olympic Committee as well as Laura Flores, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo and Fredy Marrufo, mayor of Cozumel.
The grand event will include more than 5,000 participants from 100 countries around the world. The triathlon will take place September 11 to 18.
Quintana Roo has played host to the World Championship Triathlon on two other occasions, once in Cancun 1995 and again in 2002. Cancun also hosted the Relay World Championship Triathlon in 2006.
The triathlon consists of eight rounds of competitions that make up the Grand Final race. Athletes compete head-to-head for points that will determine the overall world ITU champion. Along with a world title, winners are also awarded thousands in prize money, making it the richest series in triathlon. The elite championship races are held over the standard (Olympic) distance of 1500 meters mass-start open water swim, followed by a 40 km draft-legal cycle and a 10 km run.
The event is expected to draw approximately 35,000 visitors to the Riviera Maya-Cozumel area. In addition to visitors, the entire event will be telecast to 160 countries, drawing millions of viewers.
“Quintana Roo is a state that thinks big,” said Antonio Alvarez who covers highlights of sporting events in that state.
Next year, the World Triathlon Championship finals will be hosted by the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Marisol Casado, President of the ITU and an International Olympic Committee member, said the body is looking forward to taking the Grand Finals to both Mexico and Rotterdam.
“As unique and popular tourist destinations with ideal settings for triathlon, Mexico and The Netherlands will offer world class competition, as well as non-stop action for athletes, families and fans over a thrilling week of racing that is free to watch,” she added.