Challenge Family is expanding the Challenge Family World Bonus with more races in 2019. With the start at the Challenge Asia-Pacific Championship (Taiwan) in November last year professional athletes can chase points in Challenge Family races all over the world. The earned points will once again count up in a final ranking at the end of the season with a total bonus prize purse of US$150.000.
Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family, said “At Challenge Family, we strongly believe that the professional athletes are the greatest ambassadors of our wonderful sport of triathlon and are critical pillar of the global development. We have seen amazing racing and brilliant winners in the Challenge Family World Bonus Ranking the last two years, having the greatest names battling for the points.”
He continued, “Sebastian Kienle, Pablo Dapena, Yvonne van Vlerken got the biggest prize purse reflecting their outstanding performance over the year 2018. We are happy to extend this to a worldwide ranking in 2019 again with more Challenge Family Races included and we are remaining committed to the pro athletes.”
The Challenge Family World Bonus started with Challenge Asia-Pacific Championship (Taiwan) on 18 November 2018 and ends with Challenge Daytona on 15 December 2019. The races to be additionally added to the ranking in the 2019 season are Challenge Cancun, Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum and Challenge Hong Kong.
The total prize purse US$150,000 for the worldwide ranking will pay five deep for both male and female athletes. The overall winners will take home US$30,000. Second place will earn US$20,000; third and fourth place earn US$14,000 and US$8,000 respectively, and fifth place will pocket US$3,000. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be averaged between the two athletes and corresponding places.
The points system that leads to the final ranking will remain the same as last year’s ranking. This is based on points earned by the athlete’s six best Challenge Family race results of the season, of which no more than two can be long distance races, which earn double points.
Pieter Heemeryck finished 5th in last year’s ranking. He said, “The cool thing about the Challenge Family races is that they are very accessible for the whole family. Often there is a wide range such as running, kids race, aquabike… making it fun for everybody. I already participated in some events a few times just because they are awesome.
“With the world bonus it’s even more attractive because there is now a battle for the top 5 places until the end of the season. Without any doubt I will try to go for the top-5 this year again!”
Based in Amberg, Germany, Challenge Family is a leading global triathlon festival race series. With over 40 races annually across 26 host countries, Challenge Family offers ‘events for everyone with a festival character’, so that everyone can share in the triathlon experience, from professionals to age-groupers.