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Adelaide wins bid to host world's best dualathletes

25 October 2012

Running athletes

Top athletes from around the world will gather in Adelaide for the 2015 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Duathlon World Championships.

Minister for Tourism Gail Gago today anounced that the South Australian Tourism Commission, through Events South Australia and in conjunction with Triathlon Australia, had been successful in its bid to host the event for the first time.

"Hosting this event for the first time is a real win for Adelaide as it is expected to involve more than 1700 athletes and over 2000 accompanying supporters from 35 nations visiting SA," she said.

"We also anticipate the Duathlon World Championships will inject at least $3 million into the local economy."

Duathlon is a challenging athletic event similar to triathlon that involves two running legs separated by a cycling stint.

"Adelaide has a strong international reputation as the home of world-class events and festivals, and we look forward to welcoming the Duathlon World Championships to the city in 2015," Minister Gago said.

"About 75 per cent of this event's athletes and supporters will be from interstate or overseas, presenting an exciting opportunity to promote all South Australia has to offer as a tourism destination."

The ITU Duathlon World Championships attract elite male and female duathletes, who race for more than $100,000 in prize money.

Adelaide would host the event in the spring of 2015 with the proposed course to take in Adelaide city highlights such as the Riverbank precinct, Montefiore Hill and North Adelaide.

Visit the Triathlon Australia website www.triathlon.org.au for more information.