Challenge Family’s growth in Asia is continuing with the announcement of the half distance Challenge Jeju on the popular Jeju Island in Korea on 25 September 2016.
The new half distance event in Korea follows recent Challenge Family events confirmed for the Asia region:
- The half distance Challenge Vietnam in the city of Nha Trang, a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam, which takes place on 11 September 2016; and
- Challenge Kanchanaburi in Thailand – set amongst the Srinagarind Dam region on the banks of the famous River Kwai. Athletes in this event can choose the half or Olympic distance on 23 October 2016.
Challenge Family adds that Jeju Island in Korea is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty with its beautiful beaches and lush volcanic landcapes. Also known as ‘Island of the Gods’, Jeju is a UNESCO World Heritage Area and was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature.
The 113K course makes the most of the island’s natural beauty with the single lap 1.9K swim course off Haebichi Beach with its calm blue waters and beautiful white sand. The 90K bike course takes in views of the iconic Mount Hallasan and many of Jeju’s over 300 volcanic cones. Another highlight is the kilometre-long tree tunnel as the course climbs the lower slopes of Mt Hallasan National Park.
The undulating run features ocean views, including Seongsan Ilchulbong, a dramatic cratered volcanic cone perched out on its own little peninsula before finishing on the shores of Haebichi Beach.
“Jeju Island is made for triathlon with its warm climate, smooth roads, clear water and excellent facilities,” said Challenge Family Asia-Pacific CEO, Marcus Altmann. “We’re delighted to share this well-kept secret with athletes from around the world.”
He continued, “The course is simply stunning and athletes will enjoy a high quality race combined with the unique Korean culture and hospitality.”
Jeju Island is already a favourite training location of some of the world’s top athletes, including Chrissie Wellington, Daniela Ryf and Nicola Spirig.
Brett Sutton, Head coach of Trisutto said “I am so excited to find out Jeju is putting on a Challenge race in 2016. It’s a wonderful venue. We’ve held five training camps there. So all I have to say to the triathlon public is they have the best venue in the world to hold the race. Our team will be there in September for our training camp and we are looking forward to being there racing with you.”
As Korea’s largest holiday island, Jeju features plenty of sights and things to do with its lava tube caves, many beaches, ancient Korean cultural sites and hiking in the national park plus ‘great shopping, hotels and restaurants.’