The inaugural Challenge Salvador middle distance race will take place in the Brazilian carnival capital, also known as ‘the land of magic’, across the weekend of 20-21 October 2018.
The new race and its ‘side events for the entire family’ are supported by the local government via the tourism company of Salvador (Saultur), the Municipal Secretary of Sports and Leisure (Semtel), and the Triathlon Federation of Bahia (FebaTri). The new event is aiming to reinforce the sport calendar of the city, and make Salvador an important destination of sports tourism in Brazil.
The city of Salvador has experience in organizing and planning major events, above all the two-week carnival that takes place every February, and which attracts revellers from all over the world. “We have expertise in accomplishments of this magnitude and are recognized worldwide for this,” said Transalvador superintendent Fabrizzio Muller.
“Our events include the Carnival and the World Cup, among many others. I’m sure [Challenge Salvador] will be one of the best organized Challenges in the world.”
According to Mayor ACM Neto, “We have great consumer potential when it comes to sports. We have an environment conducive to the practice of various modalities, ranging from street sports, nautical and even the most radical. The event comes at a great time and will bring great results for Salvador.”
The Challenge Salvador middle distance race (1.9k swim / 90k bike / 21k run) starts with swimming at Piatã beach, where the event village will also be located. Piatã beach is one of the most popular areas of the city, noted for its 35 kilometres of waterfront, surrounded by coconut trees, clear water and mild temperatures.
The cycling will leave Piatã towards Itapuã beach, where triathletes will bike along the seafront. The run will take the athletes from Piatã towards the district of Patamares, in a landscape that encounters both river and sea.
Side events this weekend include: Junior Challenge (from 7 to 15 years); Sprint triathlon (750m / 20k / 5k); Challenge For All (street race) with 5k and 10k courses.