Continuing its Asian expansion, following the December announcement of Challenge Vietnam, award-winning Malaysian city, Nusajaya has been announced as Challenge Family’s latest destination in Asia. Challenge Nusajaya will feature ‘a festival of triathlon over multiple distances, with the flagship half distance event taking place on 13 August 2016.’
The new Challenge Nusajaya 2016 follows a busy couple of months for Challenge Family. In addition to the new Challenge Vietnam, the event organizer also confirmed a new home in Thailand with Challenge Kanchanaburi in 2016. Also announced in December was Challenge Mogán-Gran Canaria, in Spain’s Canary Islands, off north-western Africa; and Challenge Amazonia, taking place in March 2016 in Brazil. Meanwhile in November, an expansion in Denmark was confirmed with Challenge Fredericia. This was then closely followed by the announcement of Challenge Tønsberg in Norway.
A new city, Nusajaya in Malaysia boasts sports and recreation hubs, education communities, as well as business and retail opportunities. The main venue for the start, finish and transition areas of the race is Puteri Harbour – an international marina that offers ‘accommodation, dining and entertainment options for the whole family.’
Nusajaya’s proximity to Singapore and Johor Bahru at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, offers access via two international airports – Senai International Airport in Johor and Changi International Airport in Singapore – as well as road and rail travel between Johor and Singapore, and other cities in Malaysia.
The 1.9K course in the warm waters of the southern part of the Straits of Malacca is part of the border between Malaysia and Singapore. The swimmers will be protected from the open sea as the start and finish will be within Puteri Harbour Marina. A specially built transition area will allow racers to move from their swim to the bike course, and then to the run course.
A 90K double bike loop will take riders around the Medini area, which boasts its newly-built EduCity and Johor’s sports hub constructed while maintaining the natural tropical environment of the state. Riders will also pass Legoland Malaysia, along undulating roads with a ‘low rise and fall that will offer cyclists a more exciting ride and the chance to clock better times.’
A double loop 21K run course, along flat, tree-lined streets that surround Johor’s new administrative centre, features a collection of ‘architecturally aesthetic structures surrounded by natural green landscapes ideal for outdoor sports.’
The race will end at Puteri Harbour Marina promenade where fans and family will be waiting to cheer their loved ones to the finish line.
“As the first international triathlon event in the Challenge Family series to be held here [in Malaysia], Challenge Nusajaya 2016 is expected to pave the way for many more such competitions,” said Keld Kristiansen, Executive Chairman of Carbon Worldwide Sdn Bhd the local event organizer of Challenge Nusajaya 2016.
“The city has been built to provide competition and training opportunities to athletes from all over the world and will continue to be improved to meet the international standards of a triathlon venue on a more permanent basis.”
Marcus Altmann, Challenge Family Asia Pacific CEO, said Challenge Nusajaya was perfectly placed for the established Singapore triathlon market, as well as Malaysia, with its fast course and multitude of family activities.
“Nusajaya is an amazing destination,” Altmann said. “It has won the prestigious FIABCI Prix d’Excellence for its design and is home to family favourites such as Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty and a host of theme parks, water sports facilities as well as great bars and restaurants. Combining all this with the Malay culture and climate makes this the perfect race destination with its fast flat course.”
Challenge Nusajaya will take place on 13 August 2016 with half and Olympic distance races, Junior Challlenge Nusajaya and Challenge Women events.