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Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee to host 2020 ETU European Middle Distance Championship

Athletes participate in the swim leg during the Challenge Triathlon Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl - Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge Family

In 2020, ETU’s European Championship Middle Distance Festival – spanning aquabike, aquathlon and middle distance triathlon – will encompass a weekend full of racing in Austria. Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee has confirmed that it will host the newly introduced championships next year.

This year’s Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee runs from Friday June 28 until Sunday June 30. In 2019 Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee celebrates its tenth anniversary. Dates for the 2020 event – and details on the tie-up with the 2020 ETU European Middle Distance Championship – will follow when available.

The latest announcement builds on Challenge Family’s ongoing relationship with the European Triathlon Union (ETU). In August 2018, it was confirmed that the 2019 Long Distance Triathlon European Championship will be hosted by Challenge Almere-Amsterdam.

The organising team at Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee intend for the 2020 event to become a ‘true triathlon festival with lots of racing options at the highest level of competition, including the best triathletes from all over Europe.’

In addition to the European Championships, Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee will offer a Junior and Kids Challenge, Challenge Woman, Challenge Relays and Challenge Swim.

“And of course, the traditional Kaiserschmarrn Party will be a highlight,” added Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family. “We truly believe in the potential of the festival concept. High level races will be combined with activities for athletes of all abilities, and also music, culture and entertainment.

“Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee has always been an remarkable event, but now with the European Championships, will be an even bigger name on the Challenge Family race calendar. Triathletes from all over Europe definitely don’t want to miss this and can test the course already on June 30 this year in the 10th edition of Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee.”

Szlufcik continued, “Of course the roads will be fully closed to traffic during the races. There will be an excellent line up of national and international elite athletes and national broadcasting is guaranteed with a long term partnership.”

“And don’t forget that Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee is an amazing triathlon destination. You can follow triathlon programs 365 days a year with training camps in winter and summer, countdown watch, bike course permanently marked, hotels specifically designing services for athletes and a large variety of events.”

Gerd Erharter, a representative of the Kaiserwinkl Tourist Organisation, said “With its scenic mountain tops, the crystal clear lake Walchsee, and the challenging bike course, our region offers ideal conditions for a triathlon race.

“With big support of the community and the sportive and touristic infrastructure, athletes will experience that Kaiserwinkl breaths triathlon! We are really happy with the news about the European Championships 2020, as we see this as a reward for all the hard work that has been done – to build up a world class event as a triathlon community. For us it will be the highlight of the coming year!”



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