Otepää - The third edition of TriStar Estonia starts this weekend in Pühajärve, bringing together more than 1000 athletes to enjoy Estonia's biggest triathlon festival to date. The weekend kicks off with a 5k charity run - StarRun on Friday evening followed by TriStar 11.1 children's race and the TriStar 33.3 distance on Saturday. The most anticipated race of the weekend is of course the TriStar111 Estonia on Sunday August 5th that has 566 athletes signed up to cover a total distance of 111km with 1k swimming, 100k cycling and 10k running. There is also a team relay with 61 teams starting 11 minutes behind the individual athletes.
There will be a strong compilation of PRO athletes at the start of the Sundays TriStar111 with both Estonian and international competitors racing to be the first to take the finish line at the picturesque Garden of Pühajärve manor. German Thomas Hellriegel will fight to defend his last years victory against Estonian Kirill KotÅ¡egarov (2nd in 2011) with strong competition from Ireland's Bryan McCrystal and Ukraine's Andrey Jastrebov. Racing to take the women's gold are Finland's Merja Kiviranta, Tiina Boman (2nd & 3rd last year) and Denmark's Tine Holst. They will of course have to beat some strong Estonian competition.
The 1 loop 1k swim will take place at one of Estonia's most beautiful lakes called Pühajärv (in translation Holy Lake). Swim is a mass start for individuals with relay teams starting 11 minutes after the individuals. After T1 the athletes head for the challenging 100k bike leg which will take them through the magical south Estonian landscape passing by numerous lakes and serves up ca. 1100m of climbing altitude. The bike course also has a highlighted spectator spot on the highest point of the bike course. The run part will be challenging all the same and includes very picturesque views of Lake Pühajärve and crossing the finish line in the beautiful Garden of Pühajärve manor.
The region has a lot of sporting pedigree being the favourite place to train for a number of Estonian and international world class cross-country skiers in the winter and hosts a number of different running, cycling and triathlon events during the summer. This year's Tristar Estonia is the 3rd edition in the TriStar Estonia series and is organized by former Estonian PRO Ironman triathlete Ain-alar Juhanson who promises a great race to all pariticipants and spectators taking part of the sporting festival over the weekend.
The TriStar label is presented by Star Events, a Monaco based company specializing in organizing high quality sports events that are focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection. The TriStar Series has grown to 27 races in these 14 destinations in less than three years: Nevis (St.Kitts and Nevis), Mallorca and Madrid (Spain), Lyon, Deauville and Cannes (France), Split (Croatia), Worms-Germany (Germany), Salzkammergut and Kufstein (Austria), Milton Keynes (United Kingdom), Estonia-Otepää (Estonia), Minnesota (USA), Monaco (Monaco). TriStar has introduced new distances to the sport of triathlon (A/N: 111km and 222km), officially recognized by ITU, as well as a brand new Team Racing Concept T5. More Info: and www.star-events.cc.