Jonny Brownlee and Ashleigh Gentle Win 2018 Beijing International Triathlon
August 16, 2018

Brownlee Brothers Set To Compete In 2018 Beijing International Triathlon With A Field Of 30 Professional Triathletes

BEIJING (August 16, 2018) – IMG, in partnership with the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing, today announced Great Britain’s elite Brownlee Brothers will compete in the seventh annual Beijing International Triathlon, set to take place on Sunday, September 23, at the Garden Expo Park in the Fengtai District of Beijing, China. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee and Olympic silver and bronze medalist Jonny Brownlee will lead a record field of 30 professional triathletes.

 

“I am looking forward to racing in the Beijing International Triathlon again this year,” said 2016 Beijing International Triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee. “I really enjoyed the challenging course as well as the sightseeing before the race. I am pleased Jonny is coming this year, I know he will enjoy it as well.”

 

This year’s pro line-up also includes: 2016 Rio Olympian Ben Kanute, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden, 2008 Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker, current Escape Triathlon Series points leader Cameron Dye, 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup Champion Non Stanford and more. 2017 Beijing International champions Henri Schoeman and Paula Findlay will also return to defend their titles and compete for the coveted $100,000 prize purse.

 

The complete list of professional triathletes set to compete in the 2018 Beijing International Triathlon includes:

Men:

Alistair Brownlee (GBR)

Jonny Brownlee (GBR)

Mark Buckingham (GBR)

Brian Duffy (USA)

Cameron Dye (USA)

Zhou Fang (CHN)

Keeghan Hurley (USA)

Ben Kanute (USA)

Eric Lagerstrom, (USA)

Chris Lutz (USA)

Matt Nelson (GBR)

Max Neumann (AUS)

Henri Schoeman (RSA)

Jeremy Stagg, USA)

Jarrod Shoemaker (USA)

Ben Shaw (IRL)

Jason West (USA)

Women:

Claire Davis (AUS)

Sophie Corbidge (NZ)

Paula Findlay (CAN)

Ashleigh Gentle (AUS)

Andrea Hewitt (NZ)

Lucy Hall (GBR)

Alicia Kaye (CAN)

Lisa Norden (SWE)

Barbara Riveros (CHL)

Erin Storie (USA)

Kearci Smith (USA)

Non Stanford (GBR)

Radka Vodickova (CZE)

The Olympic distance course will showcase the eco-friendly environment and cultural attractions in Fengtai, including a 1.5km swim through Garden Expo Lake; a challenging 40km bike race through the quaint villages of Fengtai and up Qian Ling Mountain – the highest peak in Southwest Beijing; and a 10km run through the colorful gardens and up the steep steps of the Garden Expo Park. The sprint element of the triathlon will take triathletes on a 750m lake swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run through the lush grounds of the expansive Garden Expo Park.

 

Garden Expo Park is located west of the Yongding River and east of Eagle Mountain. The park is an elaborate garden city using the most advanced technologies and artistic achievements in landscaping, including an international standard low-carbon and ecological zone. The park features a plethora of lush gardens replicating famous regions of China, including Beijing, Jinan, Shanghai, Lingnan, Tangshan and more.

 

As part of the Escape Triathlon Series, the Beijing International Triathlon will award the top male and female finishers per age group a guaranteed race entry in the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (entry fee is the responsibility of the racer).

 

The public is invited to watch the races at the start/finish line and along the course throughout the park, as well as attend the free Health and Fitness Race Expo, which will take place Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23. The Beijing International Triathlon is owned by the Fengtai Sports Bureau of Beijing and produced by IMG. For more information, visit www.BeijingInternationalTriathlon.com, or follow at www.facebook.com/BeijingTri, www.instagram.com/Beijing_Tri and WeChat: BEIJINGTRIATHLON.

 

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About Fengtai

The Beijing International Triathlon will primarily take place within the Wang Zuo County, in the Fengtai District, with a history that dates back to 221 BC. With a population of 2.1 million, the Fengtai District is located in Southwest Beijing at the foot of the Western Hills, by the Yong Ding River. Dating back to the Liao and Jin Dynasties, the Fengtai District was the location of the Imperial City. Racers, family and friends visiting the area will be treated to several of China’s most famous sites including the 900-year-old Lotus Pool; the Lu Gou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge) that dates back 800 years and the Wan Ping Fortress from the 17th century.

 

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

 

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