The stage is set for the first ever Challenge Family event in Mexico – Challenge San Gil – this weekend, on Sunday 21 June. With a ‘powerful professional field’ vying for a share of the US$45,000 prize purse and more than 900 triathletes of all backgrounds and abilities eager to test the tough yet inviting San Gil course, the weekend will see ‘unprecedented excitement in an area well-known for its triathlon heritage.’
Originally hosting Sprint and Olympic distance events, Triathlon San Gil expanded six years ago to offer the Half distance to the event’s loyal participants looking to push their personal endurance limits across what is arguably Mexico’s most challenging bike course.
Now, under the auspice of Challenge Family Americas, the San Gil event, hosted in an exclusive private community resort in close proximity to Mexico City’s burgeoning multisport population, combines a 21-year triathlon tradition with the Challenge Family’s focus on providing ‘a new style of athlete-focused triathlon experience around the globe.’
Challenge San Gil is the result of a partnership with the organizers of the popular Triatlon San Gil event, which will be rebranded for 2015.
The new event’s stunning location is expected to attract athletes from all over the world, but Challenge San Gil will be particularly targeted at athletes from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and also for Central American athletes.
The 1.9K swim will take place in a calm, private lake followed by a demanding 90K bike course, full of spectacular scenery and impressive uphills and descents where athletes are expected to reach high speeds in the final downhill kilometres, making all that climbing through the Queretaro Mountains worthwhile!
The flat 21K run is through the residential area of San Gil as well as around the lake before finishing in central San Gil.
Since 1991, San Gil has been of Mexico´s top triathlon locations and this triathlon venue is already well known to Mexican triathletes. The State of Querétaro is one of the fastest growing athletic communities in the country.
The event venue has a long history hosting Olympic and sprint distances races in the 1990s, and in the past six years the area has seen a promotion of longer distance triathlon events in Mexico.
“We’re delighted to join forces with Mario Herrera and his team at this spectacular and well-proven venue,” said Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO. “With its stunning course, outstanding quality race delivery and warm Mexican welcome, I have no doubt Challenge San Gil Queretaro will bring a new dimension to long distance triathlon in Mexico.”
Querétaro, also known as ‘Santiago de Querétaro’, is located 190 kilometres north of Mexico City. It is a colonial tourism destination with lots of attractions for triathletes and their families. San Gil also has San Juan del Río city nearby where many of the hotels in this municipality are found in luxurious colonial haciendas.
The Challenge Family series of triathlons features 44 full and half distance races in 22 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 is home to both world records for long distance triathlon 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 aim to 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.