La Paz to Host the 2014 PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup



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At a press conference held this week, Mayor Esthela Ponce Beltran announced that La Paz will play host to the 2014 PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup.

Ponce Beltran said that the Triathlon Pan American Cup La Paz 2014 will give the capital city of Baja California Sur the opportunity to promote itself to the world. La Paz’s natural beauty and culture richness will be on display and both levels of government along with the private sector will have to work along with organizers to make the event a success.

Fernando Cadaval, president of the Mexican Triathlon Federation, was on hand to give details of the event.  Organizers selected La Paz as host of the fourth competition of the national circuit in Mexico because of security conditions and the tourist attractiveness the city offers. This is the first time this kind of event will take place in Baja California Sur.

Organizers also announced that the world class event will be held on March 22, 2014 and that there will be four different categories taking place at different times of the day in the Bay of La Paz and along the malecon: sprint, olympic, women only and kids. The most important competition is that of the elite category and that will take place starting at 12 noon. The results of the triathlon will be used to help select participants at the Olympics and Pan American Games.

Cadaval said that about 1000 athletes will compete in the event which should mean that about 3000 visitors will make their way to the city.

Agustín Olachea Nogueda, President of (EMPRHOTUR), La Paz’s Hotel Association, said the impact for the city in hosting the event in La Paz is threefold. He said the economical spill off of hosting the event will benefit business owners in the city.  Also, the promotion of La Paz as a tourist destination could not have come at a better time.  Thirdly, he hopes the event will help motivate and inspire residents of La Paz to practice sport and take advantage of what is available in their very own backyard.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) of which Mexican Triathlon Federation is a member, was founded on April 1, 1989 and has since grown to include over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world.

Olympic distance has been set by the ITU as a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run.

Triathlon was officially added to the Olympic Program by the IOC at its Congress in Paris in 1994. Triathlon made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney, with Switzerland’s Brigitte McMahon and Canada’s Simon Whitfield earning the sport’s first gold medals

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