Three exciting Challenge events are returning in 2014, as the growing triathlon series continues to explode in popularity around the world.
The extremely popular Half Challenge Barcelona, epic Challenge Fuerteventura and just for the second time Challenge Rimini are back and ready to be swum, cycled and run by thousands of enthusiastic athletes.
The half distance event of Challenge Fuerteventura is billed as the perfect way to start the triathlon season, although it is by no means the easiest triathlon in the world. Hosted at Playitas Resort, the world–class triathlon training facility, Challenge Fuerteventura makes the most of the beautiful sunshine and rugged beauty of the Canary Islands.
One of Italy’s most popular beach resorts since ancient times, Rimini is now setting a new level of triathlon racing in Italy. Taking in the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea, kilometres of sandy beaches, pieces of Roman history and vibrant modern culture, Challenge Rimini is certainly a spectacular event.
One of Europe’s greatest cities, Barcelona, can lay claim to putting on one of Europe’s great events – the Challenge Half Barcelona. Voted Spain’s best triathlon two years running, this fantastic event has become a truly ‘can’t miss’ occasion for athletes around the world.
Famous for its high-spirited supporters, warm Mediterranean waters and the golden sands of Calella, Challenge Barcelona is a favourite among triathletes.
Widely recognised as the home of the world’s greatest distance runners, the African continent is about to host its first AIMS World Congress.
Hosted by Comrades Marathon, the Congress takes place in the coastal city of Durban at the end of May and will be attended by marathon organisers from around the world.
Four keynote speakers have been announced:- champion South African runners Blanche Moila and Elana Meyer, one of the world’s top sports management agents, Luis Felipe Posso and sports scientist Prof. Tim Noakes.
The Congress will consider the success of African distance runners. There will also be sessions on women’s participation in distance running and risk management at marathons.
The first AIMS World Congress was held in London in 1982. Since then they have been held in Tokyo, Miami, Berlin, Manila, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bangkok, Lisbon, Macau, Barcelona, Enschede, Kosice, Torino, Niagara Falls, Valencia, Xiamen, Sao Paulo, Athens and Prague.
Durban will be host to the 20th World Congress, which ends with Comrades Marathon. This is the oldest on the African Continent and is recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest ultra-marathon in the world. It’s a point-to-point run over about 90km between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.