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PHUKET, THAILAND, February 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Organisers of the inaugural 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute World Group are proud to announce that Phuket has been chosen as host of the Long Distance Triathlon Series (LD) event under the International Triathlon Union (ITU) banner. The event is part of a triathlon weekend on Phuket which will take place 9th and 10th November in Patong, Phuket, Thailand.
The weekend starts with a Sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), Olympic Distance triathlon (1.5km/ 40km/ 10km) and relay events on Saturday 9th November as part of the ITU Asian Cup, followed by the headline event the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute World Group on Sunday 10th November, which comprises a 3km swim, 80km bike and 20km run. Each event will be capped at 500 competitors for 2013 and following an early expression of interest over 300 Athletes have already registered.
There are Elite and Age Group categories, with world ranking points available and prize money in excess of US$40,000 (approximately THB1.2 million) for the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute World Group.
"We are delighted Phuket is one of the hosts for the 2013 ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series," said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. "We are confident the local organising committee, with the support of the Absolute World Group, will host a great event that will generate high interest in both triathlon and the beautiful island of Phuket."
ITU is the global authority for the sport of triathlon and one of their overriding aims is to encourage participation and spectators. In line with this, the course will start and finish in Patong, the Island's largest population and tourism centre, and will include a series of loops ensuring spectators can view the action up close.
Presented by the Absolute World Group, the event forms part of a series of CSR initiatives to mark the Group's 15th Anniversary year. A leader in resorts and mixed-use Thailand real estate, the Absolute World Group wish to bring triathlon to the people and through the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event aims to encourage visitors, provide further support for tourism and local businesses in the area, and develop a healthier lifestyle for the benefit of the local community and holidaymakers alike.
Organisers are working closely with the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) as well as the Thai triathlon community to encourage more local and regional participation.
"Triathlon in Thailand is growing in popularity. We are excited that Phuket is hosting a world-class ITU Long Distance Triathlon event. This is a great opportunity for Thai athletes and all athletes around Asia to compete shoulder-to-shoulder with top elite and age-groupers from around the world," said Vijitr Sittinawin, President, Triathlon Association of Thailand.
"There has already been a lot of interest from national associations, particularly in Asia, wanting to send their national teams and age groupers to join. We expect a strong turnout and a highly competitive field with some big name sponsors and further prizes to be announced," added Khun Vijitr.
Registration is available from 9th February at www.ituphukettriathlon.com.
About the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series Event
The 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute World Group, is the first ITU Long Distance triathlon to be held in Thailand.
The event forms part of a weekend of triathlon sport on Phuket starting Saturday 9th November with Sprint (750m/20km/5km), Olympic Distance (1.5km/40km/10km) and relay events as part of the ITU Asian Cup, followed by the headline event, the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute World Group on Sunday 10th November (3km/80km/20km).
There are Elite and Age Group categories in all distances, with world ranking points available and prize money in excess of USD40,000 (approximately THB1.2 million) for the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon Series event presented by the Absolute World Group. www.ituphukettriathlon.com.
About the International Triathlon Union
The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain. It now has over 167 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016.
ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. www.triathlon.org
About the Absolute World Group
Founded in 1998, the Absolute World Group of companies has grown strategically to become one of Asia's leading and multi award winning lifestyle property development, resorts & hotels, and destination club brands.
With a global presence in over 27 countries including Australia, Bali, China, England, Hong Kong, Russia and Thailand, the Absolute World Group offers a seamless range of services within the world lifestyle vacation industry, inclusive of a highly successful Destination Club, award-winning self and partner developed resorts in Thailand, Resort Real Estate, a pioneering Fractional Ownership division, now offering fractional yacht ownership and a successful luxury life magazine series.
As a major player in Thailand, the Absolute World Group are dedicated to the development of their local community and to the promotion of a healthier lifestyle. The introduction and creation of the 2013 Phuket ITU Long Distance Triathlon forms part of a series of CSR initiatives under the heading Holiday Smarter, Holiday Fitter, for the benefit of their clients and the local community, and marking the Group's 15th Anniversary year. Initiatives includes an online fitness series, sponsorship of international sporting events, swimming lessons for local youngsters, sporting ambassadors and a long standing companywide bootcamp initiative for their staff and guests.www.absoluteworld.com
Asia Media contact:
Chanut Nawnarong or Duncan Worthington
Infinity Communications Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 89 512 7030
Tel: +66 (0) 81 893 4006
Charlotte Rose Melsom
Global Director of Brand Development
Absolute World Group
Tel: +44 (0) 7917 167902
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