Birmingham 2022 and its partners have today revealed the course for the triathlon and para triathlon events which are set to be held in Sutton Park and on surrounding roads on Friday 29 and Sunday 31 July 2022.
The athletes competing in the individual events will swim 750m, cycle 20km (four 5km laps) and run 5km. The running leg of the triathlon will take place entirely within Sutton Park and the competitors will complete the swim in Powell’s Pool.
The cycling section will start within the park and then exit via Stonehouse Drive and head straight onto Boldmere Road, passing through Boldmere High Street.
The triathletes and para triathletes will then turn right off Boldmere Road at Antrobus Road, loop back around to Jockey Road and Darnick Road, before turning back onto Monmouth Drive and cycling past Boldmere Golf Club.
The competitors will then turn back onto Stonehouse Drive and then into Sutton Park, before either heading to the turnaround point or the dismount line, both located within the venue.
The para triathletes (those with visual impairments in the PTVI category) and the men and women competing in the mixed relay, which proved to be an extremely popular event at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will use the same cycling course on Sunday 31 July but the mixed relay athletes will just complete one lap each.
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022 said: “We are pleased to be able to publish all of the courses for our road events. These routes will help to profile some fantastic landmarks from across the region and showcase the West Midlands and Warwickshire to the world.
“Publishing these details with nine months still to go until the Games begin also means that local residents, businesses and other organisations have plenty of time to make plans for when these one-day events are staged in their local area.
“We are also thrilled to be unveiling our final venue for the Games and it is fitting that Victoria Square has been chosen as the finish area for the marathon, as it is located right in the heart of the host city for Birmingham 2022.”
The course for the marathon is split into two distinct sections – a southern loop which the athletes must complete twice, followed by a shorter city centre section which will showcase some of Birmingham’s best loved landmarks to millions of TV viewers, as the runners pass Centenary Square, the Jewellery Quarter, St Paul’s Square and St Phillips’s Cathedral, before crossing the finish line in Victoria Square.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Birmingham 2022 road event routes show how local councils and partners are making the Games about much more than the main competition venues and those lucky enough to obtain tickets for them.
“Road events are free-to-view from many locations, and in the case of the marathon and triathlon and para triathlon, are bringing the sporting action to the neighbourhoods of hundreds of thousands of Birmingham residents.
“As a Proud Host City they also provide us with a fantastic promotional tool to show off many of our districts and landmarks to a global audience, which is an invaluable opportunity we are ready to embrace.”