Triathlon Mixed Relay added to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Triathlon England is delighted to hear the announcement today, 1 May, that the Triathlon Mixed Relay, where two male and female triathletes compete as a team in relay format over the Super Sprint distance, has been added to the programme of events for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
As the sport continues to grow in popularity, the Triathlon Mixed Relay provides an attractive blend of fast-paced action and frequent lead changes, making it both exciting to participate in and to watch. Each relay team member completes a swim, bike and run before tagging the next team member, the race itself taking around and hour in total to complete.
British Triathlon and its Home Nation partners has worked hard in support of inclusion of the Triathlon Mixed Relay and in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, Sport Scotland, Event Scotland and triathlonscotland, committed to host an annual national Super Series elite race at Strathclyde Park since 2007, when the Commonwealth Games were awarded to Glasgow. Inclusion of the Triathlon Mixed Relay is a great addition to the programme of events.
On hearing the news Jonny Brownlee, reigning ITU World Sprint Champion and ITU world number two ranked athlete said: “In team racing anything can happen, it’s a unique format, and it’s exciting. It’s something triathlon can be proud of seeing that men and women can complete together as part of a team. I will be proud to be part of it and represent England in Glasgow if I’m selected in 2014.”
Endorsing the announcement Jem Lawson, Chair of Triathlon England said: The mixed team relay is a tremendously exciting event, enjoyed by participants and spectators alike. It is a bold initiative from the Commonwealth Games organisers to include the race, at a late stage, for Glasgow. It will be a great opportunity for the triathletes of Team England to challenge for medals, and also to be able to showcase the sport and the event.