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UIPM 2019 Global Laser Run City Tour: Pentathlon movement continues renaissance in Gyumri (ARM)

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The revival of the Pentathlon movement in Armenia continued with a successful edition of the Global Laser Run City Tour in Gyumri on October 6, 2019.

Several athletes who participated in the UIPM Biathle/Triathle National Tour in Sevan (ARM) in July took part in Laser Run racing in the country’s second largest city, which is 1,550m above sea level.

The competition attracted 120 participants and was covered extensively in the news section of TSAYG – TV, which reported on the extensive work being carried out to restore the UIPM Sports movement across the nation.

A spokesperson for the local organising committee said: “The event was not only a competition but also a celebration of Modern Pentathlon revival.”

This was the last of a series of development competitions in 2019 in Armenia, which is planning host both GLRCT and BTNT events again in 2020. Another positive outcome of the renaissance of UIPM Sports in the country was the participation of athletes in the European Youth Cup in Tbilisi (GEO) to compete in Tetrathlon.  

The Global Laser Run City Tour 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 were 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 September, the UIPM Laser Run World Championships was incorporated into the Pentathlon World Championships for the first time in Budapest (HUN), where Laser Run also featured as a showcase sport at the 1st World Urban Games.

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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