Leeds triathlon race open to the public

Triathlon star and Leeds lad Alistair Brownlee
Triathlon star and Leeds lad Alistair Brownlee

Amateur triathletes have been invited to rub shoulders with the Brownlee brothers and other international stars in a race in Leeds next year.

Athletes of varying degrees of ability will take part in the inaugural Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds on June 12, just two months before the start of the triathlon events at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The event starts with the swimming leg in the open water at Roundhay Park, before a bike ride into the city centre and then a testing run course around some of Leeds’ most iconic landmarks.

There are 3,500 places are now available to the general public across the beginner, sprint and Olympic distance events. With demand expected to be high, organisers are encouraging individuals to capitalise on the early bird pricing structure and secure their entry as soon as possible.

Jack Buckner, CEO of British Triathlon, said: It is part of the unique appeal of triathlon that amateur athletes, including novices, can compete on the same course on the same day as Olympic and world champions.”