The 2019 Pontevedra ITU Multisport World Championships by Santander, which takes place between April 27th and May 4th, will be the Multisport World Championships with the largest participation in history, since it has more than 4,000 registered athletes split between the Duathlon, Cross Triathlon, Aquatlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon World Championships.
2019 Pontevedra is, in addition, the international championships with the highest amount of Spaniards registered (800) than any of those that have been organised throughout the history of triathlon, within or outside of our country. Another significant fact is the high percentage of women who will take part in some of the competitions, almost 33% of the total (1,300 women), when the normal percentage of women registered in these types of races is usually around 25%.
There is a total of 1,047 more athletes registered in 2019 Pontevedra than in Fyn 2018 (Denmark) – the former World Champs venue – and 726 more than in Penticton 2017 (Canada) where the first ever ITU Multisport World Champs in was held. The arrival of more than 3,000 foreign triathletes, duathletes, aquathletes and aquabikers (with a stay of between 3 and 4 nights on average) will guarantee a significant economic boost for the region. The other nationalities with the greatest presence will be the British, who have 927 registered athletes, followed by 751 Americans, almost 200 Portuguese, 161 Brazilians and 150 Australians. A total of 54 countries will be represented.
The discipline that has the greatest number of athletes registered between the sprint and standard distances is duathlon (with 1,280 registrations), followed by the Long Distance Triathlon World Champs with 900 triathletes, counting both Elite and Age Group athletes.
Adding together the five disciplines, there will be 220 participants in Elite category, and the average age of the Age Group triathletes is between 45 and 49. Another interesting fact; this Multisport Worlds will have 22 participants over 80 years old!
These figures represent an unprecedented success, and make Pontevedra the venue for the largest triathlon event of all those that have ever been organised in Spain – in terms of participation.
2019 Pontevedra is a multidisciplinary event that will offer athletes and their companions a extensive culture and leisure agenda, with activities of all kinds: TriFest music festival, an opening ceremony, pasta parties, guided tours around the province and more. During the Multisport Championships, a hotel occupancy rate of almost 100% in all locations near Pontevedra has been achieved.