ITU World Championships

Date: August 18, 2017 - August 27, 2017 (All Day)


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Get involved! Get registered! Get ready! Get excited!

The 2017 ITU (International Triathlon Union) Multisport World Championship Festival is a 10-day event featuring six World Championship races running from August 18 – 27. The festival will see about 3,500 athletes from around the globe vie for world championship status in:

• Sprint Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run)
• Standard Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run)
• Aquathlon (Swim/Run)
• Cross Triathlon (Swim/ Mountain Bike/ Trail Run)
• Long Course Triathlon (Swim/ Bike/ Run)
• Aquabike (Swim/ Bike)

The event is the culmination of Penticton’s long involvement with triathlon and the thousands of local residents who have devoted their time and effort to organizing, sponsoring, volunteering, training and competing over the past three decades. A successful event in 2017 will provide opportunity for another host-city bid in 2022.

What does it mean to locals?

Here is what residents need to know to enjoy and support the success of the Festival.

Get Involved – There are nearly 1,800 volunteer positions needed to run the event. Being a volunteer is a great way to get a front row seat to the excitement. Sign up at Volunteers receive an official shirt from the event and an invitation to the volunteer celebration.

Get Registered – Anyone can participate in the Open Wave division. Register as an Open Wave athlete in the aquathlon, aquabike, cross triathlon, sprint duathlon, standard duathlon, and long distance triathlon.

Get Ready – With so many visitors to the city, the activity level and demands on services will be high. Residents should check temporary road closures over the course of the event, expect changes to transit routes, anticipate higher volumes at the airport and consider stocking up on groceries and other essentials before the Festival.

Get Excited – The Festival is not just for the athletes. Organizers have many events planned for the community as well. A street dance, kid’s triathlon, family fun run and two athlete parades are just some of the highlights in addition to watching the events themselves. Follow the link below to see a community version of the schedule: 

Multisport World Championships Community Guide.pdf [PDF - 351 KB]