Yesterday (Thursday 13 May 2010 - Edinburgh) Catriona Morrison, 2009 ETU Duathlon European Champion and 2006 ITU Duathlon World Champion, marked the final countdown to the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships, the highest-level competition in the sport's annual calendar and the most prestigious duathlon competition ever staged in the UK.
Up to 1,000 of the world's best Elite and Age Group competitors will descend on Edinburgh's Holyrood Park from 03 - 05 September to compete for six World Championship titles, twenty seven Age Group gold medals and a total prize fund of 75,000 Euros (for the Elite competition).
Chair of the Local Organising Committee and Director at British Triathlon, Tom Chambers said: 'The 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships is set to be a great event. The extra support of GE, the iconic setting of the Scottish Capital and one of the largest GE GB Age Group Teams will make the event an exciting exhibition of our modern and dynamic sport.'
Scotland's Catriona Morrison, from Broxburn near Edinburgh, who recently declared her intention to compete for the World title in her home town, said: 'With just three months to go before the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships arrive in the Scottish Capital, as a local athlete I am both proud and excited to be part of such a prestigious event. The course is exciting and challenging and will be a real test of fitness and determination for both the Elite and Age Group athletes alike.
'The 2007 European Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh were a great success and with the support of GE, the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships will be even better! Edinburgh is a beautiful city and it will be a real honour to race in such a fantastic location.'
The Edinburgh course is expected to be one of the most challenging ever used for an ITU Duathlon World Championships as athletes contend with the tough climbs of a multiple lap circuit around Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat. It will showcase the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as the perfect destination for the world's biggest and best sporting events.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: 'With three months to go until the ITU Duathlon World Championships, Edinburgh is gearing up to welcome some of the best multi discipline athletes in the world. The Championships will utilise the city's iconic Holyrood Park and the sensational backdrop of Arthur's Seat which will ensure broadcast footage looks spectacular and competitors and spectators are given a unique experience. Hosting world championships like this one allows Scotland to showcase not only its scenery and landscape but also its home grown athletic talent and this year Catriona Morrison will be just one of the Scots contesting for glory against a world class field and raising the profile of Scottish athletes around the world.'