Triathlete fan-favourites such as Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) and Lionel Sanders (CAN) are among the ‘star-studded field of over 50 professional and thousands of age group athletes’ set to race on December 13th-15th, at Challenge Daytona 2019.
The second annual Challenge Daytona festival in Florida is held at iconic Daytona International Speedway, and was voted ‘Best New Race 2018’ by Triathlete Magazine.
“We welcome athletes and fans to what will be one of the most memorable weekends of 2019,” said Challenge Family CEO Zibi Szlufcik. “I anticipate we will witness never-seen before finishes and accomplishments this weekend.”
Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile added, “We are honoured to provide athletes and fans the world-class experience they deserve. We look forward to being part of race memories that will carry forward in their lives.”
The Challenge Daytona Festival begins on December 13, 2019 and carries through December 15, 2019. The event is free for spectators and parking is located on site. Spectators are encouraged to join and view the professional field of athletes competing in Daytona Distance Under the Lights. This will include a two-lap, 1-mile swim; a 15-lap, 37.5-mile bike; and an 8.2-mile run – all within the Daytona International Speedway property.
The course is optimized for viewing, with opportunities for spectators to get up close and cheer for their favourite pros midway through the swim, all along the bike and run legs, and at each transition juncture.
The unique Daytona Distance Under the Lights race, exclusive to the professional field, will begin at 16:30 ET on Saturday, December 14th. The start time provides prime viewing for age group athletes competing in either Saturday’s Sprint Distance events or Sunday’s Middle Distance events.
The late start is also designed to create an ‘unprecedented sensory experience’, as the lights at Daytona International Speedway – normally reserved solely for NASCAR racing, sports cars and Supercross – will illuminate the track at 17:30 local time, just as the Florida sun sets and the pros speed around the track.
An autograph session with pros will be hosted on December 13, 2019 from 14:30 – 15:30 at the Challenge Daytona expo.
The top six male and female finishers in each Middle-Distance Triathlon age group will qualify for entry in The Championship, to be held on May 31, 2020 at the x-bionic sphere sports resort in Samorin, Slovakia.