The Paris 2024 triathlon and paratriathlon events set in the heart of the city will leave a legacy for both participants and Parisians
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(Reuters) – The Paris 2024 Olympic triathlon courses will start and finish on the Pont Alexandre III bridge in the center of Paris, Games organizers announced as they unveiled the routes on Thursday.
During the individual triathlon events, athletes will swim 1.5 kilometers in the Seine river from a floating pontoon near the base of the bridge, then climb 32 steps to the transition zone on Pont Alexandre III, a first for the Olympics.
As a result, the run and bike segments of the race will take place in the center of the city. The athletes will pass famous landmarks before finishing the race on the bridge in front of around 1,000 spectators.
July 2024, 30 & 31 ✨
110 triathletes will meet at Pont Alexandre III to start a memorable race in the heart of Paris.
— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) April 27, 2023
Organizers said the paratriathlon events will use the same course with some exceptions a month later.
“Particular care has been taken to create the triathlon and paratriathlon courses, which will be equally spectacular, in the heart of the city and next to some of the most beautiful Parisian monuments,” said Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet in a statement. “The Paris 2024 edition of the triathlon and paratriathlon will ultimately contribute to leaving a legacy for the region and the people of Paris.”
The individual triathlon events will occur on July 30 and 31 at 8 a.m. local time, while the mixed relay event will be held on Aug. 5.
(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Christian Radnedge)