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25 Apr 2015

Taitung, Taiwan (April24, 2015) – On the eve of this weekend’sCHALLENGETAIWAN half distance triathlon, is the announcementthe tropical destination of Taitung will host the full distance CHALLENGETAIWAN on October 24, 2015.

CHALLENGETAIWANwill be held over the same course that winds through the stunning Taitung regionwith full support from the government and the local community.

The full distance race has been the feature race of the CHALLENGETAIWANweekend for the past two years but in 2015 organizers decided to separate the events in order to best support the athletes in both distances.

The event has also been announced as the Challenge Family Asian Age Group Championships, a concept welcomed by CHALLENGETAIWAN Race Director Michael Dhulst.

“Long distance, or 226 as we call it in Taiwan, has always been my true passion and I’m very excited to continue to host the event in Taitung, but also grow it to be the Asian Championships. I’m looking forward to having a lot of our loyal athletes returning and welcoming many new faces to share this fast and beautiful course with them,” said Dhulst.

The Asian Championships will apply to Challenge Taiwan full distance and separately a points system incorporating Challenge Family half distances races in Asia. Full details will be provided on the Challenge Taiwan website shortly.

The race has quickly established itself among the professional athletes who continue to return each year and is now part of their annual racing schedule as evidenced by two of the world’s best racing this weekend in New Zealanders Terenzo Bozzone and Dylan McNeice.

Justin Huang, Taitung County Governor, said he was honored and delighted to again support the full distance version of CHALLENGETAIWANfor a third year which will bring an international focus to the region while offering age group athletes in Asia the first opportunity to have their own Championships.

CHALLENGETAIWANhas been very successful and we are thrilled to announce our continued support of CHALLENGEFAMILY in Asia. We would like to welcome triathlon-lovers from all around the world and will show you the beauty and strength of this island.

“Taiwanese triathletes have shown a great appreciation for long distance racing and particularly in the stunning part of Taiwan in Taitung. We wish to invite athletes from around the world to enjoy what we have to offer, the majestic mountains and beautiful ocean views the course offers making it the ideal event destination to experience,” said Mr Huang.

Athletes will begin with a 3.8km two-lap swim in the calm waters of the Lake in Taitung. They will then embark on afast and rolling two-lap bike course along the stunning ocean coastline before the 42.2km two-lap run that takes competitors on a varied run course through the beautiful lakes, walkways and shaded pathways of Taitung.

General registration will open on Monday, May 4, 2015at www.challenge-taiwan.com/en.

The Challenge Family series of triathlons features 44 full and half distance races in 21 countries around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and home to both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For further information on Challenge Family visit www.challenge-family.com.


Please contact: Victoria Murray-Orr - Challenge Family Global Marketing & Communications
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