La Paz to Host the 2015 PATCO Triathlon Pan American Cup



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La Paz will host the second edition of “The Moonlight Triathlon” Pan American Cup Triathlon La Paz 2015 on Saturday, March 21st, 2015. This incredible event is where triathletes swim and cycle in the daylight and cross the finish line running under the moon.

The event will count on two distances: Sprint (750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run) and Olympic (1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run).

Four different categories will take 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 for the Olympics and Pan American Games.

The event will start with the swim on the Malecon of La Paz starting at Mariana Cortez and finish at the Kiosko at 16 de Septiembre.

Registration for the event will be done in 3 stages thru the webpage www.asdeporte.com. Registration will close on March 19th or when the 1,000 spaces available to compete are full.

Organizers say the Triathlon Pan American Cup La Paz 2015 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 another success.

Rubén Reachi Lugo, the Secretary of Tourism for BCS predicts that 1000 athletes will compete in the event and each athlete should bring with them on average 3 people which in turn means that about 3000 visitors will make their way to the city a few days before and after the event. Last year, hotels reported a 100% occupancy rate over that weekend.

He also said our capital city has adopted the triathlon as its own as it has spectacular scenery such as the Bay of La Paz and the Malecon. The promotion of La Paz as a tourist destination along with the economical spill off of hosting the event will undoubtedly benefit business owners in the city.

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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