UIPM 2019 Global Laser Run City Tour: Hundreds enjoy thrill of Hunt in Texas (USA)
The buzz around Laser Run continues to grow in the USA, with the community of Hunt playing host to the country’s second Global Laser Run City Tour this year.
After the season-opener in Davis, California, the GLRCT moved south to Texas to give many of the 280 participating athletes their first taste of Laser Run, competing across 23 races.
The racing took place at Camp Stewart, one of many sporting venues in the area, which is well known for kids’ summer camps. It was the second time the GLRCT had come to Hunt, and the feedback was resoundingly positive.
Dan Browne, Laser Run Director and USA Pentathlon team coach, said: “I’m very pleased with the participation this year. We had many boys and girls come out and try this exciting sport in the Texas sun.
“This event shows the great level of interest here in the United States for athletes of all ages to come on out and try the sport of Laser Run.”
Dan Browne also said that interest was also growing around the upcoming UIPM Laser Run World Championships, which will be incorporated into the Pentathlon World Championships in Budapest (HUN) in September. Laser Run is also on the programme for the 1st World Urban Games.
He said: “I had quite a few kids approach me after their respective races asking me about participating in the Laser Run World Championships. I am anticipating that we’ll field a strong contingent of athletes who will take a second step in being introduced to Modern Pentathlon through the inclusion of Laser Run at this year’s World Championships.”
The GLRCT was created in 2017 to provide an entry point to UIPM Sports for people of all ages in urban communities around the world.
Another 100 cities have been selected in 2019 as hosts of the GLRCT or the Biathle/Triathle National Tour. The full calendar can be viewed at the UIPM website, where you can also find more information on UIPM’s various multi-discipline sports.
In December, Laser Run and Triathle will both feature for the first time in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines.
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