Rasmus Petraeus is the surprise winner of the first KMD Challenge Aarhus which started near Tangkrogen in the bay of Aarhus. The heavy favourites were Rasmus Henning and Martin Jensen, but unfortunately for Rasmus Henning he had to pull out of the race after the swim. Cold air temperatures also affected the water temperatures (only 13.8 degrees Celsius) and therefore the swim course was shortened from 1.900 meters to 1.000 meters.

The race should have been open for Martin Jensen to run away with the win, but 21 year old Rasmus Petraeus had his running legs working well for him in this race and slowly reeled in the heavy bikers on the hilly and scenic run through downtown and the arts museum ARoS. He finished the half iron-distance race in 3:48:18.

 

In the womens race, the current ITU World Champion Caroline Steffen from Switzerland was fastest in the new KMD Challenge Aarhus with many technical turns on the bike course. She finished in 4:04:16 hours, 12 minutes ahead of Eva Nyström from Sweden and the Danish champion Michelle Versterby.

 

Now organiser Frederic Just and Danish athletes are looking forward to the next Challenge Triathlon event in Denmark, which is the long distance race in Copenhagen where 2.000 athletes are expected to participate. Both races are part of the Challenge Triathlon world series together with other events in England, France, South Africa and of course the Challenge Roth in Germany.

 

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