Mazatlan Tourism Trust

Mazatlan Tourism Trust

April 12, 2011 08:03 ET

Albertan Places 8th at Mazatlan ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup

Triathletes from 19 countries including Canada descended on Mazatlan for the eleventh Gran Pacific Triathlon this past weekend.

MAZATLAN, MEXICO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2011) - On April 8th and 9th, Mazatlan hosted the 11th annual Gran Pacific Triathlon. Categories included Junior, Sprint, Olympic and Elite. The Triathlon's framework included the ITU Pan American Cup. Flora Duffy from Bermuda won the women's Elite category with a time of 02:08:06. Jan Van Berkel from the Netherlands won the men's Elite category with a time of 1:54:38. Alberta's own Jordan Bryden, from Calgary took 8th place with 1:57:26.

The sporting event kicked-off with a beach mass start at Playa Norte, by the local Fishermen's monument. Athletes swam, cycled and ran toward breaking personal records and gaining points toward their Olympic dreams. "[Mazatlán] is a great location. The waves offer a challenge, and I am surprised by the competition level… the women are very strong on the bike and running courses," noted Duffy.

More than 5000 spectators gathered to watch the 800 participating athletes. The Gran Pacific Triathlon is considered the most important event of its kind in Mexico and one of the top 10 in Latin America. In the following months the organizing committee will focus on the Gran Pacific Marathon that will take place in December 2011 as well as the 2012 Triathlon.

About Mazatlan:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan is Mexico's only seaside colonial city. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. Visit Mazatlan on the World Wide Web at www.gomazatlan.com.

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