Following this year’s The Championship 2018 in Samorin, Slovakia, Challenge Family’s championship focus shifted to Asia for the inaugural Challenge Family Asia Pacific Championship, held in Taitung, Taiwan, on November 18, 2018.
The event, officially known as the Triathlon Middle Distance Championship Asia-Pacific, reportedly ‘attracted thousands of athletes from across the Asia-Pacific and European regions.’
Challenge Family cited a line-up of professional athletes competing for the US$40,000 prize purse, including three-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, ITU World Long Distance Champion Timothy O’Donnell, three-time Challenge Taiwan Champion Dylan McNeice, Luke and Beth McKenzie and Radka Kahlefeldt, who was third this year at the Challenge Family The Championship.
The Challenge Asia Pacific Championship Taiwan is created and managed by the team behind Challenge Taiwan, which attracted more than 4,600 participants in its 2018 edition of the event in April this year.
Speaking ahead of the race weekend, Jovi Lo, Challenge Asia-Pacific CEO and Event Director said, “We are honoured to host the Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan and our world-class event team is committed to delivering an extraordinary experience for all event participants. More than 4,000 athletes who raced at Challenge Taiwan this year can attest that Taitung is an incredible part of the world and combined with the prestige and scale of this Championship event, we will create lasting memories for everyone who races with us this Sunday.”
Age group athletes were not required to qualify for the Asia Pacific Championship; and the organisers noted that ‘triathletes of all levels and abilities are welcome to register for the Asia Pacific Championship.’
Challenge Family added that athletes visiting Taitung could expect to be ‘immersed in the most beautiful part of Taiwan featuring the East Rift Valley coastline and the traditions of indigenous Taiwanese cultures.’
The race course included a swim leg in the Flowing Lake, a spring-fed, crystal clear, 11-hectare lake in Taitung Forrest Park. The bike course ascended the lofty Carp Mountain and traversed the Pacific coastline. The run course contrasted quiet open fields combined with the lively Taitung city centre and the finish line in Tie Hua Village.