Global long-distance triathlon series Challenge Family has announced the launch of Challenge Rancho Cordova, held at the city in Sacramento County, California, which is the organisation’s first half distance race in the United States, and which takes place on 5 October 2014.
(The unveiling of Challenge Rancho Cordova follows the launch of Challenge Atlantic City in September 2013 as the first event to mark Challenge Family’s debut in the United States.)
The 1.2 mile swim course at Rancho Cordova will take place at the Nimbus Dam, which is fed by the American River with headwaters high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As noted by Challenge Family, this is one of the cleanest bodies of water available for any triathlon swim in California and is ‘calm and flat in all weather conditions.’
The single-loop point-to-point 56 mile bike course offers glimpses of the Sierra Nevada Mountains while traversing farmland, vineyards, wooded hills and the historic Mather Field air force base. The course has an overall elevation gain of 1200 feet. The 13.1 mile flat run course on city streets and trails starts and finishes in downtown Rancho Cordova.
Located 12 miles east of the California’s state capitol, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and surrounding communities are rich in the history of California’s Gold Rush including the first 12 miles of railroad in California. In more modern times the city hosted a thriving military base and now is home to large aerospace, technology, healthcare and other corporations.
“The City of Rancho Cordova is proud to partner with the Challenge Family to host the Challenge Rancho Cordova Triathlon,” said Mayor Dan Skoglund. “Athletes and visitors from around the world will discover all that Rancho Cordova – the Center of it All – has to offer. Our city features a mecca of recreational opportunities and places to stay making it the perfect location for this event.”
Challenge Rancho Cordova reflects a collaboration between Challenge Family and USA Productions, a local company that produces a list of multisport events in Northern California.
“Our goal was to bring a major international series half distance race to Northern California,” said Ryan Coelho USA Production’s Race Director/CEO. “After an extensive venue search, we settled on Rancho Cordova where we have the infrastructure, race course and city support to make this event a memorable athlete and family experience.”
“Our events aim to honour the spirit, values and legacy of our sport and we are excited to finally have an event in California, the home-state of triathlon,” added Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer. “We have teamed with a fantastic community and well-respected local production company to deliver an event that will be rich in athlete, family and spectator experience.”
General entries for the inaugural Challenge Rancho Cordova on 5 October 2014 will open at 09:00 PST on Friday 24 January.
The Challenge Family series of triathlons now features 24 full and half distance races 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 is home to both long distance tri world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR).
Since 2002, races throughout Continental Europe, the UK, Australasia and North American 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.’