Challenge Family has decided to expand its European Prize Money Ranking in 2018 to a so-called Challenge Family World Ranking. This means that professional athletes can earn points not only in Challenge Family’s European races, but also in races outside of Europe. The earned points count up in a final ranking at the end of the season with a total bonus prize purse of US$165,000.
With this world ranking, Challenge Family is rewarding the pro-athletes racing its series, resulting in ‘having the best professionals racing head-to-head in the Challenge Family races’.
“We strongly believe that the professional athletes are the ambassadors of our wonderful sport,” said Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family. “We have seen strong racing and amazing winners in the European Ranking the last two years. We are happy to extend this to a world-wide ranking [for the] first time in 2018.”
The first races to be added to the ranking in the 2018 season are: Challenge Taiwan, Challenge Sangil (Mexico), Challenge Asia-Pacific Championship (Taiwan) and Challenge Daytona (USA). All European races remain part of the ranking.
The total prize purse of US$165.000 for the worldwide ranking will pay five deep for both male and female athletes. The overall winners will take home US$30,000. Second place will earn US$20,000, third and fourth place US$15,000 and US$12,000 consecutively and the fifth place winner will pocket US$5,000. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be averaged between the two athletes and corresponding places.
The points system that leads to the final ranking will remain the same as last year’s European ranking. This is based on points earned by the athletes’ six best Challenge Family race results of the season, of which no more than two can be long distance races, which earn double points.
Challenge Family’s The Championship event in Slovakia is also included in the Challenge Family World Ranking, with more points to collect from this race than regular middle distance races.
The Challenge Family World Ranking will start with Challenge Roma on 15 April 2018 and ends with Challenge Daytona on 8 December 2018.