Belle Isle has been home to several events this summer and this weekend is no exception. Sunday morning will see a group of 60 paratriathletes from the United States, and several other countries, competing to earn points towards a place on the ITU Paralympic Qualification List. The Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon will feature a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike course looping around part of the island, and 5-kilometer run.
Detroit was chosen as one of 10 cities to host the ITU World Paratriathlon Event worldwide. Festivities will take place all weekend, allowing athletes of all abilities and ages to compete, with the main event starting at 9:45am on Sunday. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on athletes as well!
From USA Triathlon:
Paratriathlon is making its debut in the Paralympic Games, with three sport classes per gender to be contested: PT1 (wheelchair), PT2 (severe impairment) and PT4 (mild impairment) for men, and PT2, PT4 and PT5 (visual impairment) for women.
Twenty-four U.S. athletes are on the start list for this Sunday’s race, led by Chris Hammer (PT4, Salt Lake City, Utah), Grace Norman (PT4, Jamestown, Ohio) and Patricia Walsh (PT5, Austin, Texas), who provisionally earned spots on the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team by virtue of their finishes at the ITU World Paratriathlon Event held on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro. The first team quota spots will be confirmed on Sept. 18 in Chicago during the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.
Jamie Brown (PT4, Carlsbad, Calif.), Amy Dixon (PT5, Greenwich, Conn.), Brian Norberg (PT2, Chicago, Ill.), Allysa Seely (PT2, Glendale, Ariz.) and three-time ITU World Champion Melissa Stockwell (PT2, Chicago, Ill.) also competed in the Aug. 1 event in Rio and are on the start list for Detroit. Reigning ITU World Champions Kendall Gretsch (PT1, Madison, Wis.) and Aaron Scheidies (PT5, Seattle, Wash.) are also on the start list, though their sport classes will not be contested in Rio next year.
More about the Detroit Triathlon: http://www.detroittri.com/index
More about the Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon: http://www.triathlon.org/events/event/2015_detroit_itu_world_paratriathlon_event