Failed to get into the London Marathon? Tri Something New!

London Tri

London Tri

The London Marathon ballot results were released this week informing over 35,000 lucky applicants they have been accepted into the 2014 event, but rejecting thousands of less fortunate runners who will have to wait another 12 months to try all over again. But why wait another year for a marathon when runners could set themselves a new challenge and try something completely different?

The world’s biggest triathlon, The London Triathlon is now on sale, offering four different race types to participants as they swim, bike and run their way around some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks.

One of the most interesting sports phenomena of the past few years has been the new boom in triathlon, with participation rates dramatically rising in triathlon events. The rapid growth in popularity and recent elite successes, such as the Brownlee brothers, means triathlon has become a great alternative to marathons.

The London Triathlon, which will take place on 2-3 August 2014, is offering a variety of distances to participants with Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic and Olympic Plus waves available for general entry, as well as the option to compete as individuals or as part of a team relay.  There is something to suit everyone from elite athletes trying to shave vital seconds off their personal bests, to complete novices taking on a new challenge.

Taking place at London Dockland’s Excel Centre, a home of British sport since the London 2012 Olympics, the London Triathlon welcomes over 13,000 triathletes of all abilities and over 30,000 roaring spectators to one of the highlight events of the triathlon calendar. The venue has seen the best in the world battle it out in events such as boxing, weightlifting, judo and taekwondo, but now ever growing triathlon takes centre stage for what is going to be action packed weekend.

Every year The London Triathlon attracts a wide array of competitors, and the 2013 event was no exception. A team comprising of Olympic athletes Louis Smith MBE, Nicola Adams MBE and Jade Jones MBE, brought excitement sky high as Nicola and Jade returned to the location of their Olympic glory. The sporty theme continued with Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm taking part in her second London Triathlon, while Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas and cricket legend Mark Ramprakash both captained relay as they took part for Macmillan Cancer Support. British triathlon stars Jodie Stimpson, Stuart Hayes and Lucy Hall also joined the likes of Gregory Rouault in a fantastic elite field.

The London Triathlon also provides a platform on which charities can raise awareness and funds for their incredible causes. The event attracts countless fundraisers and it has been instrumental in generating funds for charities for over 10 years.

The 2014 event is anticipating record entry figures so whether participants are a first time triathlete, enthusiast, elite or even a team of three, this is an opportunity to be part of one of the world’s most iconic triathlons and there is plenty of time for prospective participants get fit and have fun training for a thrilling triathlon experience.

Entries open on Thursday 3rd October but entrants can register their interest to gain access to a 48 hour priority window at www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk

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