Challenge Family has launched a social media campaign to search for inspirational triathletes. In a bid to champion age-groupers, Challenge Family’s global search seeks to find inspirational athletes with ambitions to compete at the event organiser’s The Championship race this June.
Now in its second iteration, The Championship 2018 will take place on 3 June 2018 at the x-bionic sphere sports facility in Samorin, Western Slovakia.
“Using the hashtags #ChallengeYourself and #JoinTheFamily, we want you to tell us why you ‘tri’ – or nominate someone who is extraordinary – and deserves to be recognised as an everyday hero,” said Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family.
The popular global triathlon series welcomes individuals to put themselves forward with a simple tweet ‘highlighting exceptional achievements and examples of showing strength and resilience in the face of adversity.’
Inspiring athletes already competing in the distinguished race include cancer survivor Marcus Ziemann (DE), who has an impressive ten races already pencilled in this year, including The Championship 2018. A true example of an athlete fighting against the odds, Marcus has been racing with a pacemaker ever since he suffered a heart palpitation after completing a marathon in Stockholm over a decade ago. He has since competed in over 25 global long-distance races, and his motto and advice for everyone is to “never give up”.
Mario Hoffmann (SK), owner and brainchild behind the x-bionic sphere venue where The Championship 2018 will be hosted, is seen as another inspirational athlete competing in this year’s race. Once a member of the Slovak national canoeing team, the endurance enthusiast has made the transition from canoeing to top-level triathlon.
Paving the way for the mature athletes in the line-up is Heinz Bauer (DE) – the oldest athlete who has qualified for this year’s Championship race (in addition to last year’s). At 73 years old, Heinz proves that age is just a number, for the multi-sports enthusiast is a 2X Powerman Zofingen duathlon World Champion. Heinz’s triathlon career also includes an impressive 21 IRONMAN triathlon finishes and starting twice in Kona.
“Each athlete has undergone their own personal journey, and speaking with these remarkable individuals really shows that our prestigious event is one that can be enjoyed by triathletes of all ages, experiences and backgrounds,” Zibi Szlufcik continued. “We are proud to recognise and invite further inspiring and confident individuals to share their stories.”
Eight qualifier races remain for competitors ahead of The Championship event in Samorin, with the next race, Challenge Roma, taking place on 15 April 2018 in Roma, Italy. Other 2018 qualifier events are: Challenge Cerrado, Challenge Mogan Gran-Canaria, Challenge Melbourne, Challenge Taiwan, Challenge Riccione, Challenge Lisboa and Challenge Salou.