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‘Greater focus on experience than finish time’ at Garmin Challenge Herning

Challenge Billund-Herning 2016

The Garmin-sponsored Challenge Herning in Denmark kicks off on Saturday June 9th. The event is part of the DC TRI series in Denmark in 2018, which contains three competitions, through which the Danish champion in short-distance triathlon for 2018 will be determined.

The DC TRI series is for elite and competitive age group athletes. Although, the Garmin Challenge Herning organising team note that it’s not only the professional athletes who are all warmed up to do their best in Herning. ‘Hundreds of brave age group triathletes have trained long and hard, and on Saturday they will harvest the fruit of their work when they cross the finish line.’

Triathlon for all
The Challenge Denmark team has made it a mission to create the framework for family friendly triathlon races with a greater focus on the experience than the finish time.

“Triathlon may be hard and challenging,” said Race Director Claus Vesterby. “In fact, it should be. But first and foremost, it must be fun and it shouldn’t take over people’s lives completely. That’s why we have added a Challenge For All with 400m of swimming, 20km of cycling and 5km of running – for those who want to try out triathlon without throwing themselves into the long distances.”

Challenge For All takes place on smaller sections of the courses from the main event, so the participants get the same experience – only on a smaller scale.

“Many modern people live a sedentary life,” Vesterby added. “Triathlon training offers a physical counterbalance, with lots of fresh air and exercise. You do not have to do a full distance to be a triathlete. The half distance, or similarly a Challenge For All, is just as great an experience and requires a more affordable number of training hours. But you still get the thrill and satisfaction of exceeding your own expectations.

“I think that’s what makes the sport so popular – that, and the community. It is important to recognise that while triathlon is an individual sport, we see incredibly close friendships in the community and out in the local clubs. We really get to see that support at our races where everyone cheers for each other and contributes to the great atmosphere. It’s a party every time. Few people can stand near the finishline without without getting goosebumps and tearful.”

Integral party for spectators
The organisers note that there may be months and years of hard training behind a race day like the one in Herning on June 9th. ‘And behind every triathlete is a backdrop of patient and supportive family and friends. Therefore, the organizers are very much committed to making the race day their party as well.’

“A triathlon race is exciting and fun, but it also involves some waiting time for the spectators. Our partners make sure that there are lots of things around the city, so that both young and old are well-entertained all day,” promised Vesterby.

With a strong pro-field, the Danish Championship title is at stake on both the sprint and middle distances at Garmin Challenge Herning.




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