Athletes have until midnight tonight (27 July) to sign up for this summer’s Tri Liverpool event.
The waterfront triathlon will return to the city for its fourth year on Sunday 14 August and is said to have already attracted 1,700 amateur participants.
Limited places remain available in the GO TRI+ beginner distance and relay challenges, which will follow a course passing iconic landmarks including Pier Head and Albert Dock.
With 6,000 spectators also expected to watch this year’s running, cycling and swimming spectacle, Jack Buckner, CEO of organisers British Triathlon, says: “2016 has so far been a record breaking year for the number of people wanting to get involved in Tri Liverpool.
“We have waiting lists for both the standard and sprint races and only a few slots left for those wanting to either get a taste of the triathlon experience through the GO TRI + Beginner wave, or team up for a sprint relay. And in an Olympic and Paralympic year, what better time to get involved with the sport?”
Paralympic hopefuls will race in Tri Liverpool as they compete for the final time on UK soil before heading to Rio in September, and famous faces taking on the course in 2016 include BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips and Hollyoaks actors Jared Garfield and Karl Collins.
Wendy Simon, cabinet member for culture, tourism and events said, “Liverpool, like the rest of the nation will be in the midst of Olympic fever by the time Tri Liverpool begins in the city. It promises to be a great day out for sporting fans to cheer on elites and amateur triathletes.
“Expect a carnival-inspired fiesta atmosphere, with big screen action, music and a festival feel throughout the whole Tri Liverpool weekend.”
Amateur athletes can sign up before the deadline on the Tri Liverpool website.