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IMG Announces Beijing International Triathlon

The September 2012 race will feature a prize purse of $100,000.

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The September 2012 race will feature a prize purse of $100,000.

See the press release below:

IMG Worldwide in partnership with the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing announced the formation of the Inaugural Beijing International Triathlon, set to take place Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Qing Long Lake Park, in the Fengtai District of Beijing, China. Triathletes from around the globe will take part in this all-new Olympic distance triathlon and enjoy the unique culture, tradition and hospitality of China. The race will also draw top professional triathletes who will compete for $100,000 in prize money.

This all-new triathlon will be part of the Escape to Alcatraz Triathlon Series, as the first qualifying event in Asia for the iconic Escape from Alcatraz(TM) Triathlon. Coveted race slots for the infamous and grueling 2013 Escape from Alcatraz(TM) Triathlon will be awarded to the top 50 men and women across each group and division of this new race.

The course will showcase the eco-friendly environment and cultural attractions in Fengtai including a 1.5 km swim at the heart of Qing Long Lake Park; a challenging 40 km bike race through quaint villages of Fengtai to Qian Ling Mountain, the highest peak in Southwest Beijing; and a final 10 km run along stone paths, wooded trails and beautiful bridges showcasing the unique architecture of Qing Long Lake Park. This race will be part of an intimate three-day, lifestyle sports event that will showcase all the tradition and warmth China has to offer locals and visitors alike.

“IMG Worldwide is thrilled to support this inaugural event that solidifies Beijing as a racing destination and international sporting hub,” said James Leitz, Senior Vice President of IMG. “We have been working closely with the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing and the Fengtai government to ensure that this race is successful in its first year and becomes an important annual event on the international triathlon calendar.”

Read more: Marketwatch.com