SUNDERLAND has been chosen as one of five UK cities to host a new sports event created just for women.
Triathlon Pink launched in Australia in 2006 and has so far raised $1million for breast cancer research.
Now the event is coming to the UK, with Sunderland Aquatic Centre and Stadium Park picked as one of the host venues this summer.
Organisers say the new series will change the way women view triathlons, combining a fun “girl’s day out with feel-good fitness”.
The swim, bike and run events are aimed at women of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, meaning anyone can take part with minimal training and preparation.
The Sunderland leg takes place on June 29, with a range of distances to suit different levels of ability – including an event for children.
Michaela Smith, Participation Manager Triathlon Pink UK, said, “Triathlon Pink really offers women the chance to socially connect while being active and supporting each other towards a common goal.
“The format provides women with a safe and non-threatening environment to participate as well as giving them the rare chance to do something just for themselves.”
The Triathlon Pink series is aiming to raise £1million for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Tris Jones, National Participation Manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said, “We’re really excited to be Triathlon Pink’s official charity partner. Taking part in physical activity is a great way to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer so we’d encourage all British women to sign up to this brilliant event.
“Get fit, feel good, reduce your risk and help raise much-needed funds for our vital breast cancer research. Together we can beat breast cancer.”
Gareth Hall, Triathlon England’s National Development Manager for Events, said, “Triathlon England is delighted to be supporting Triathlon Pink UK in their plans to deliver this unique series. We are firmly focused on creating more opportunities for everybody to take part in triathlon across the country, an ambition that is a natural fit with the Triathlon Pink events.”
Registrations for all 2014 Triathlon Pink UK events are now open at http://www.triathlonpink.co.uk
Short Course: Swim 100 Metres, Cycle 3 Kilometres, Run 1 Kilometre
Medium Course: Swim 200 Metres, Cycle 6 Kilometres, Run 2 Kilometres
Long Course: Swim 300 Metres, Cycle 9 Kilometres, Run 3 Kilometres
Triathlon Pink Kids (Under 13): Swim 50 Metres, Cycle 1.5 Kilometres, Run 500 Metres
June 1, 2014: Crystal Palace Crystal, Palace National Sports Centre
June 8, 2014: Bath, Bath Sporting Village
June 29, 2014 Sunderland, Sunderland Aquatics Centre and Stadium Park
July 6, 2014: Leeds, John Charles Centre for Sport
August 3, 2014 Basildon, Basildon Sporting Village