Grand Final – 2020, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Who goes to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada? The short answer? The wild ones. The racers with the drive to compete and to vacation in one of the ITU’s most unique destinations. When you choose Edmonton 2020 as your Grand Series Final, you’re choosing a premiere event known for how well it treats its athletes. You’re choosing a beautiful course in a city that’s a gateway to wild adventure. You’re choosing the racing experience of a lifetime.
This is the call. Will you answer?
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With an unrivalled Canadian history of hosting first class International Triathlon Union events for almost 20 years, Edmonton has, through innovation and hard work, continuously raised the bar as to what athletes, coaches, managers and sport organizations can expect from a host city. The City of Edmonton and the LOC set a new standard for ITU with the 2001 ITU World Championship, the first one following ITU’s tremendous success with the inaugural Olympic Triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. After 2001, ITU requested that Edmonton take a regular spot on the ITU World Cup circuit. The success has continued with six subsequent world cups, several continental cups and championships, national championships, technical officials’ courses as well as youth and junior camps.
With encouragement and support from Triathlon Canada and the City of Edmonton, the LOC returned to the World Cup circuit in 2011 with a 5-year hosting commitment. In 2012, the ITU invited Edmonton to bid for the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, an opportunity that the City of Edmonton and the LOC fully embraced and welcomed. After the event, Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC member stated: “Edmonton has set a new standard for ITU”. The result was an outstanding success and the event was awarded “2014 International Event of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Awards.
None of these successes would have been possible without the visionary support of the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Tourism. Edmonton Tourism was named “Canadian Sport Tourism Organization of the Year” at the 2016 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Awards. Edmonton was also voted the top Canadian sport host city and ranked 7th sport host city in the world by Around the Rings and TSE Consulting in 2015.
It is with this history that the Local Organising Committee and the City of Edmonton are ready to host the 2020 ITU Grand Final/World Championship for the third time. With over 80 world cultural groups in Edmonton, no country will be without its own unique welcome that is entwined in the cultural mosaic that is Edmonton. Stay tuned for the plans that will be unveiled over the next 18 months as we prepare to once again raise the bar and provide an exceptional athlete experience.