Historic weekend: ITU World Triathlon Series comes to San Diego

LEG LUBE: This weekend’s race marks an important step in triathlon history, it’s the first time an ITU race has been held in San Diego, the birthplace of modern triathlon. On September 25th, 1974 the very first triathletes dove into San Diego’s Mission Bay to complete a 5.3-mile run, followed by a 5-mile bike and a 600-yard swim. Members of the San Diego Track and Field club had organized it as an alternative to track work and 46 of them finished the race. This year the race venue is at Mission Beach, with Mission Bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, and to mark just how far triathlon has come, it’s one of the final qualification races for the London 2012 Olympic Games. San Diego is the 14th host city of the ITU World Triathlon Series, and just the second U.S. city to host a round of the series after Washington, D.C. in 2009. Read the whole article at: http://bit.ly/KSTySX

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