CHIGAGO — USA Triathlon today announced BP as the Official Energy Partner of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Chicago Grand Final, set for Sept. 15-19 in Chicago’s Grant Park, as well as the title sponsor of Team USA, composed of the top U.S. age-group athletes who qualify each season for ITU World Championships around the globe.
BP will support all events taking place Sept. 15-19 in Chicago during the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships. In addition to culminating the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series, the week’s events also include the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, which will award each winning National Federation in six sport classes a guaranteed country spot for the sport’s debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More on the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships is available at chicago.triathlon.org.
BP’s engagement represents a strategic extension of its partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Paralympics. The renewal is also an expansion of BP’s role as a Main-Level Sponsor of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago. As the title sponsor of USA Triathlon’s Team USA, BP will help support the nearly 1,500 U.S. age-group triathletes competing in the ITU Age Group Standard, Sprint and Aquathlon World Championships in Chicago, as the event returns to U.S. soil for the first time since 2005.
“BP has played a vital role in the Chicagoland community for more than 100 years and we’re honored to support the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago as we welcome the world’s elite athletes to our city’s grand stage,” said George Bauernfeind, BP’s head of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic programs. “BP is particularly honored to support the weekend’s paratriathlon, which will make its formal debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”
“Our renewed partnership demonstrates BP’s deep commitment to the sport as together we prepare to host the world’s best elite and age-group triathletes and paratriathletes,” said Chuck Menke, USA Triathlon Chief Marketing Officer. “BP’s support of both the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago and USA Triathlon this year helps make Olympic and Paralympic qualification opportunities possible for the U.S. and other nations.”
BP America has been a partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee since 2010 and sponsors athletes bound for the Olympic and Paralympic Games while providing funding to local sport clubs and athlete charities.
Over the past 10 years, BP has invested more than $90 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and produces enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing about 18,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports nearly 200,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities. For more information, go to www.bp.com/us.
About ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago
The City of Chicago joined the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2014 and will host the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in September 2015. Chicago will welcome 150 of the world’s top Olympic-distance triathletes as they compete for a world championship title less than a year prior to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to the elite races, the event features top-flight sprint and Olympic-distance races for age-group athletes, paratriathletes, juniors and under-23s, as well as an aquathlon to kick off the action. In all, more than 8,000 of the world’s best triathletes will compete for world titles over four days of competition. The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships are hosted by USA Triathlon, the National Governing Body for the sport of triathlon in the United States, and Lagardère Unlimited. Launched in 2009, the ITU World Triathlon Series is televised in more than 160 countries. Visit chicago.triathlon.org for more information.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).