Montreal Triathlon World Series moved to October 4

Tyler Mislawchuk (Delly Carr, International Triathlon Union Media)

There are now attempts to hold the 2020 International Triathlon Union World Series races in Montreal, Quebec on October 4, according to CBC Sports on Saturday. The triathlon event was initially scheduled for this past weekend in Quebec, and then temporarily moved to August 28 and 29, according to gowherewhen.com. The 2020 World Triathlon Grand Final was to take place this past summer in Edmonton, Alberta on August 22-23, but that was cancelled outright due to coronavirus.

There are three International Triathlon Union events scheduled for 2020. The other two are in Hamburg, Germany, the weekend of September 4-5, and Arzachena, Italy on October 10.

The major reasons at this time that there are only attempts to hold the ITU World Series on October 4 are because there is still not a vaccine for coronavirus, and competitors in triathlon cannot self-distance appropriately. The lack of social distancing is especially difficult while all the competitors swim in a lake.

Quebec has been the Canadian province hit the hardest by coronavirus so far. There are currently 55,079 cases of coronavirus in Quebec, and 5485 deaths.

In 2019 during the International Triathlon Union World Series, Canadians came away with two bronze medals. Tyler Mislawchuk of Winnipeg, Manitoba won his bronze medal in the men’s triathlon World Series in Montreal. Meanwhile, Joanna Brown of Ottawa, Ontario won a bronze medal in a women’s triathlon World Series last year in Bermuda.

 

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