The St. Moritz ‘Top of the World’ and Nicola Spirig Kids Cup triathlons will take place this weekend.
It has been a wonderful summer of triathlon in St Moritz.
Not only for the Trisutto.com pro and age group squads, but for the procession of triathlon royalty who have shared the Engadin training environment over the summer period.
This year we’ve been joined by Team GB and at various stages through the season by the German, Swiss and Italian professional tri federations also. Why so many of the top teams are choosing to base themselves at over 1800 metres is a subject for another blog, but put simply the picturesque lakes, mountain passes and hundreds of kilometres of running trails make St. Moritz a training paradise.
A new initiative
Off the back of such an international triathlon presence this week we see a hugely encouraging initiative for grass roots triathlon. The formation of the ‘Home of Triathlon’ St. Moritz Triathlon Club, which will be entirely supported by the local businesses and community of St Moritz for the benefit of locals. In addition to encouraging healthier lifestyle choices and fitness, the club aims to bring locals into contact with the superstar athletes who have the privilege of training in their home town.
3 x Olympian, Multiple European Champion and Home of Triathlon President, Reto Hug:
We really want to encourage the local community to embrace the elite triathlon culture that is forming here as their own. Not to be elite athletes, but to get out there and participate in swim, bike and run no matter how fast you go! We also want triathletes and their families to come to St. Moritz and enjoy the wonderful training facilities of the Engadin.
Members of the Home of Triathlon club have the option of taking part in any of the two swim sessions, one bike and one run session offered by the club weekly free of charge. Club members also get discounted entry to the impressive Ovaverva pool and wellness centre, Gut Training gym and training facilities, along with discounts at the Viv Bistro and on sports equipment and rentals (including bikes) at Suvretta Sports.
For those who don’t live in St. Moritz members also benefit from a discounted rate on hotels.
Club membership is a exceedingly reasonable 50 CHF yearly. Register to become a member here.
Nicola Spirig Kids Cup & Top of The World Triathlon
The first official member of the Home of Triathlon club is the Olympic Champion, Nicola Spirig, and appropriately the ‘Home of Triathlon’ initiative kicks off this weekend with the Nicola Spirig Kids Cup triathlon race this Saturday, 8th of August. Details of the event can be found here.
The Kids Cup will be followed by the St Moritz ‘Top of the World’ Triathlon on Sunday, 9th of August where Nicola and several athletes from the Trisutto.com squad will compete as part of their training and to support the race and local competitors doing their best.
Registration for the St. Moritz Triathlon is on the Home of Triathlon website here. We encourage all those who can to come and enjoy a wonderful weekend, and get a sense of what a tremendous triathlon setting this truly is.