The prize purse and structure of the new Challenge Dubai event, the first race of the Challenge Triple Crown Series on 27 February 2015, has now been confirmed.
The Challenge Triple Crown is a series of three half-distance triathlons culminating with a grand final in Challenge Bahrain in December 2015. Challenge Dubai, Challenge Bahrain and Challenge Oman will form the Triple Crown series of events.
The Challenge Dubai prize purse is evenly split between men and women with each winner taking home US$65,000. The remaining breakdown is as follows: 2nd – US$35,000, 3rd – US$20,000, 4th – US$9,000, 5th – US$6,000, 6th – US$5,000, 7th– US$4,000, 8th – US$3,000, 9th – US$2,000, 10th – US$1,000.
Challenge Dubai General Manager and President of the Bahrain Triathlon Federation, Dr Saqer Al Khalifa said the Dubai prize purse and Triple Crown showed the region’s commitment to bringing world class triathlon events to the Middle East to inspire citizens’ participation but also in elevating the sport to a new level.
Challenge Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik, said he was very pleased to announce another significant prize purse, this time for Challenge Dubai as part of the Triple Crown Series. “We promised to change the face of triathlon for professional and age group athletes and we are delivering this together with our partners in the Middle East,” he said.
“It’s a very exciting time and new era for everyone in our sport and we are working hard to make positive changes for the athletes and growth of triathlon globally.”
After the ground breaking race at Challenge Bahrain which ‘set the triathlon world alight’, Challenge Family and its partners in the Middle East confirmed the plans for the Triple Crown series. Following on from Bahrain, another world class line up is also assembling for Dubai.
World champions, Leanda Cave and Melissa Hauschildt have signed on and will be joined on the start line by Swiss pair Caroline Steffen and Daniela Ryf, together with Helle Frederickson, the winner of Challenge Bahrain who went home with a US$100K prize for her win.
Australian Luke McKenzie will make his debut racing in the UAE, while Germany’s Andreas Drietz and Australian Tim Reed, who both stood on the podium in Bahrain, return; along with world champion Pete Jacobs, Spain’s Eneko Llanos and South Africa’s James Cunnama. More names will be announced in the coming weeks to ‘ensure another epic race unfolds.’