English Bay & Stanley Park to be Transformed into Triathlon World Championships Venue
Road Closures in effect from June 1-9
Vancouver, Canada (May 29, 2008) - Next week English Bay and Stanley Park will undergo a dramatic transformation into a world class triathlon venue as the city prepares to host the 2008 BG Triathlon World Championships from June 5 to 8. The event will affect traffic and parking in the areas between Stanley Park and Burrard Street and between Robson Street and English Bay. Roads will be closed at different times of the day from June 1 to 9. During these times the temporary stadium will be constructed and later, triathletes will be training and racing. Some bus routes will be affected. Residents and commuters should prepare to use alternate routes and expect some delays. The Triathlon Vancouver Organizing Committee (TVOC) sent direct mail-outs to West End residents and businesses notifying them of road closures.
Click here for schedule and maps for further details on road closures
Spectators are encouraged to join the event to cheer on the world's best triathletes by walking, biking, or taking Vancouver City buses down to English Bay and Stanley Park and lining the course. Admission is free and there is grandstand seating at the transition area and finish line.
The 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run Olympic distance race will start and finish in English Bay, while the bike portion extends into Stanley Park, making this year's world championships one of the most picturesque in the 20-year history of the International Triathlon Union (ITU). The venue will have a festival-feel over the four days as thousands will be taking in the race action, sport expo, opening ceremonies, and parade of nations.
Close to 3,000 athletes from 66 countries will compete in the elite, junior, under23, age-group and corporate events. It will be the biggest sporting event to hit Vancouver before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and will be the final qualifier to determine the Canada's Olympic triathlon team for Beijing this summer.
Click here to download a full event schedule (PDF)
Visit www.triathlonvancouver.com for more information.