ONE of Europe’s biggest triathlon series is coming to the Philippines next year.
The Challenge Family announced that it will make its Philippine debut at Subic Bay, Zambales on February 22 with 1,500 triathletes from all over the world expected to take part.
In a statement, the Challenge Family said it chose Subic since the destination fits into its criteria of holding long-distance races in “unique and stunning locations around the world, which will soon include the beauty of the Philippine Islands.”
Known simply as “Challenge” to its participants, the global series of 21 long-distance triathlons in 13 countries is well known among international triathletes for hosting one of the sport’s largest races, The Challenge Roth triathlon in Germany.
Describing Subic Bay as “one of the most challenging courses is Asia,” organizers said participants will be starting off with a swim course from Camayan Beach Resort to a bike course that will take them through the interior of Subic with a view of the Bataan coastline and finish with a foot race through the Ilanin Forest, a protected forest reserve.
Since the first Challenge event in 2002, the long-distance racing series now includes over 35,000 athletes and 21 races in 13 countries in four different continents that include some of the oldest races in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Started by the late Herbert Walchshöfer in Germany 11 years ago, the triathlon is now managed by his wife and children.