A challenge in the heart of the largest rainforest in the world. This is what athletes can expect to find at Challenge Amazonia, which takes place on 20 March 2016. The chosen location is Manaus, capital of Amazonas – ‘the largest and best preserved Brazilian state’.
A release from Challenge Family notes that, with two million inhabitants, Manaus is one of the few cities in the world that can combine forest preservation and a high economic development with one of the largest industrial parks in the country, international hotel chains and shopping malls.
The historic centre is marked by ‘beautiful buildings and sumptuous palaces’. Among them, the Amazonas Theatre is the ultimate iconic symbol that gave Manaus fame of ‘Paris of the Tropics’.
The start of the event is at the beach of Ponta Negra – a picture postcard of the north part of Brazil. Bathed by the Black River, with calm and warm waters, the location is seen as ideal for the first stage of the race: 1900m of swimming.
Then athletes follow the two lap 90K bike leg along the Ponta Negra waterfront ‘surrounded by the pure air from Amazon’. Another unique experience is the biking across the Rio Negro Bridge, the second largest river bridge in the world, at 3,595m long. From there, athletes can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the river. Heading back to Ponta Negra, it’s time to face the 21K run on a fast and flat course.
Besides the natural beauty of the Amazon capital, participating triathletes should also enjoy, throughout the race, the encouragement of ‘manauaras fans’, who delighted tourists during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. During the big worldwide event, Manaus received the award from FIFA for being the most hospitable city of the World Cup.
The friendliness of the people and the organization of major sporting events also made Manaus one of the venues of next year’s 2016 Olympics.
Besides those athletes in Brazil, Challenge Family adds that access to athletes in North America and Europe is also facilitated through the provision of direct flights from Miami (USA) and Portugal.
In addition to the rich and diverse Amazon cuisine, the Amazon also offers an ecotourism experience. Jungle lodges offer comfort, convenience and the possibility for tourists to meet the rainforest in times of drought and filled (flooded), through hiking and canoe trips.
As Challenge Family adds, ‘undoubtedly, the Amazon is a forest full of attractions for athletes, their families and friends.’