Edmonton: Paula Findlay and Lionel Sanders have issued a one-month-to-go reminder call for age group registration sign ups at the first-ever PTO Canadian Open in Edmonton next month (23-24 July).
With exactly one month to go before the age group registration window closes on July 8th, 2022 – which offers a personalised race bib and, grandstand seating to watch the pro races and opportunities to meet, greet and even be trained by the star pros and event hosts Lisa Bentley and Simon Whitfield – the two leading Canadians underlined what a special opportunity the event provides for amateurs.
“This is a very unique and special opportunity to race a major PTO event in my hometown,” said PTO World #10 Findlay, who grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and will be on the start line in the professional race. “I grew up training on this race course as a kid, so to come back to race on it in 2022 and share it with the sport’s biggest names is very cool. It’s absolutely a race that you don’t want to miss.”
Sanders, PTO World #3, also competing and known to his fans around the world as ‘Mr No Limits’, was characteristically to the point with his encouragement:
“I will 100% be in Edmonton, the question is will you? Sign up now and let’s push the limits together.”
The age-group component of the PTO Canadian Open is an important aspect for the Professional Triathletes Organisation, a new body co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to grow the sport around the world. The age group racing in Edmonton will include 25km and 100km triathlon races as well as open water swims taking place over 750m and 2,250m.
“This is an event for sporting fans, pros and amateur participants alike,” explained PTO CEO, Sam Renouf. “Few major sporting occasions around the globe offer a chance for amateurs to compete beside the best athletes in the world. You can watch tennis stars compete at the French Open but you can’t get on the court at Roland Garros beside them! We believe that personal connection and opportunity is something unique to the sport of triathlon and we want our age groupers to really feel part of the event, not just be at it.”
The newly established PTO Tour is a series of high profile, high prize purse, global events featuring the world’s best triathletes. The PTO Tour race schedule for 2022 includes: the first ever PTO Canadian Open (July 22-24); the second edition of The Collins Cup (August 20-21) and the first PTO US Open in Dallas, Texas (September 17-18). Each Open carries a minimum prize purse of $1M and is raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run).
In 2023 and 2024, the PTO Tour plans to expand with the PTO European Open and the PTO Asian Open, alongside their US and Canadian equivalents and The Collins Cup.
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About the Professional Triathletes Organisation
The Professional Triathletes Organisation is a not-for-profit entity consisting of both men and women professional triathletes who have come together to form a representative body which not only gives them a meaningful voice in the way the sport operates but a means to contribute to its growth for the benefit of the entire triathlon community. The PTO seeks to showcase the passion, talents, determination, struggles and achievements of its dedicated professionals through iconic events, reimagined broadcast and compelling storytelling, inspiring global sports fans to watch, engage and participate in triathlon.