Laureus sporting legends Edwin Moses and Daley Thompson will be present in Budapest this weekend (Sept 11 & 12) to watch the thrilling climax of this year’s Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship.
As Laureus World Sports Academy Members, Moses and Thompson will also be cheering on a team of Laureus fund-raisers as they celebrate the end of the highly successful first year link-up between triathlon and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which is currently the official Global Charity Partner of the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, a double Olympic 400 metres hurdles gold medallist, said: “We have come a long way since April in Sydney when we announced our partnership with the ITU, just days before the first world championship event there. It’s been a ground-breaking first year and a wonderful journey that has seen us visit Madrid, Hamburg, London, Kitzbuhel and now Budapest with our Laureus fund-raisers and the Academy Members who have been there to support them. We have had a phenomenal amount of interest from triathletes who want to take part as members of the Laureus team.”
Daley Thompson, twice winner of the Olympic decathlon, who sampled the special atmosphere of a world championship triathlon in London in July, said: “I’m really looking forward to Budapest. I had a great time in Hyde Park cheering on the Laureus runners and enjoying watching such a fantastic event. As a multi-discipline athlete myself, I appreciate just how much dedication it takes to reach the top in triathlon. I would also like to congratulate the non-elite triathletes who give these world championship weekends their unique flavour.”
With just the Budapest race to go, both men’s and women’s titles are undecided. German Olympic champion Jan Frodeno is first in the men’s standings on 2,910 pts, ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez on 2,679 and Russia’s Alexander Brukhankov on 2,388, while Australia’s Emma Moffatt leads the women on 2,696 pts, ahead of New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt on 2,644 and Sweden’s Lisa Norden on 2,440.
Jan Frodeno said: “This has been a terrific year in so many ways. There have been some great races and we have an exciting finale in prospect in Budapest, with both men’s and women’s titles still to be decided. For me one of the best things this year has been the partnership between the ITU and Laureus. Certainly for the ITU, there has been the benefit of being involved with a wonderful worldwide sports-based charity like Laureus. I am delighted that this relationship will continue.’
As a result of the innovative partnership with the ITU, throughout the year Laureus has offered places at each of the major events on the international triathlon circuit for competitors who can compete alongside the greatest triathletes in the world and at the same time raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Each participant who takes up a place agrees to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship. These funds are used to help the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation whose mission is to use sport as the means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, crime, social exclusion, landmines awareness, violence, discrimination and physical and mental health problems. Laureus currently supports more than 80 sports-based projects around the world in 32 countries. Since its inception, Laureus has raised more than €35 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of over one million children.
Triathlon is one of the greatest challenges in sport, with competitors having to swim, cycle and run their way to the finishing line. Triathletes range in ability from those operating at the very highest level of competition – the world champions – to the dedicated ‘weekend runner’ who is looking for an exciting challenge.
Laureus places are available in two categories – Sprint and Olympic Distance. Sprint is the category for the average competitor – a 750 metre swim, a 20 kilometre cycle ride and a five kilometre run. While Olympic Sprint is for those with previous experience of triathlons and who train specifically for the event – a 1,500 metre swim, a 40 kilometre cycle ride and a ten kilometre run.