625 American athletes to race at Fyn Multisport World Championships

A huge contingent of 625 American multisport athletes are entering the 2018 Fyn Mulstisport World Championships Festival according to USA Triathlon.

| March 26, 2018 | RACES

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

There was a huge contingent of American athletes at last year's inaugural ITU Multisport World Championship in Penticton, Canada and the trend looks like it will continue this year as 625 American athletes will be in Fyn, Denmark for this year's festival.

The Multisport World Championship festival includes five different world championship events - Duathlon, Aquathlon, Aqua Bike, Cross Triathlon and Long Distance Triathlon. This year's festival takes place from July 5 to 14 in the cities of Middelfart, Svendborg and Odense, all located on the Danish island Fyn.

While athletes must have qualified for their national team to be able to compete in the world championship races, all of the events also have open categories, too.

Matt Lieto competes at the ITU World Aquathlon Championships in Penticton, Canada.

Matt Lieto competes at the ITU World Aquathlon Championships in Penticton, Canada.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

All this is great news for the event in Fyn, which is hoping to attract 2,500 foreign entries.

“Large countries tend to enter world championships in large lumps, and with the entries of the US athletes, which are the first entries from a large country, we are very optimistic about reaching our goal of at least 2,500 entries from countries abroad,” says Morten Fenger, the CEO of the Danish Triathlon Federation.

”Our athletes have a great tradition of bringing friends and family with them when they travel abroad to race on the worlds stage," says Lauren Rios, Research Coordinator Team USA, who says that typically athletes will spend seven days abroad for similar world championships. "Some friends and family might even participate in the sport themselves and I know many appreciate the opportunity to participate in any of the Open Race events that take place on the world championship courses and as well as take part in other spectator-friendly events and functions in Fyn. Others might just come to cheer on the athletes and experience the festival and spectator friendly atmosphere that has been created around the new ITU world championship festival format.”