January 29, 2013
Edmonton awarded largest race on ITU calendar for 2014
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

Edmonton triathlete Paula Findlay (right) is expected to be one of the athletes to compete in the 2014 ITU Grand Final. (Reuters)

EDMONTON - When Edmonton hosts triathlon’s largest event, The Grand Final, it will be bigger and better than the first time.

Edmonton scooped the September, 2014 event from San Diego, when the California city was unable to make good on its promise to hold the prestigious event.

This event will be a far cry from the 2001 ITU World Triathlon Championship, as it was known then.

Triathlon was just starting to emerge in the international sporting conscience, and Edmonton was the first host following its debut at the 2000 Olympics.

Edmonton 2014 expects upward of 5,000 athletes, with the event beamed to a worldwide TV audience of 21 million in 160 countries.

The field should include Edmonton’s own Paula Findlay.


Sheila O’Kelly, executive director of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy, has been the passionate common thread between the two events.


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