Challenge Taiwan, billed as ‘Asia’s largest triathlon event’, has been held for seven consecutive years in Taiwan’s popular triathlon spot, Taitung. The organising team has confirmed that more than 5,000 athletes from 30 countries will be participating at next year’s event on April 25-26, 2020.
The organisers add that registration for next year’s Challenge Taiwan 2020 is ‘almost full’. The destination has become popular with local and travelling athletes, having hosted the Challenge Family Asia Pacific Championship, in Taitung, Taiwan, in November 2018.
Having previously run events during April and October in Taiwan, back in 2015, the organising team removed the October full distance Challenge Taiwan from the race calendar. Since then, the main Challenge Taiwan event has taken place in April. In 2020, there is a full schedule of race options:
Challenge Taiwan Full
Challenge Taiwan Half
Challenge Taiwan 51.5
Each year, Challenge Taiwan invites a number of professional athletes to participate. Jan Frodeno, long distance triathlon world record holder with a time of 07:35:39, participated in the event in 2017 and 2018. He said, “Challenge Taiwan is full of warmth and joy; and Taiwan is my second home in Asia. The people are very hospitable, and I would hope to participate every year.”
Challenge Taiwan also had three athlete couples participating in 2018 at the Challenge Asia Pacific Championship: Tim O’Donnell & Mirinda Carfrae, Luke McKenzie & Beth McKenzie, and Brad Kahlefeldt & Radka Vodickova. Pro triathlete couple Tim O’Donnell & Mirinda Carfrae will be returning to Taiwan in 2020.
Challenge Taiwan takes place in Taitung ‘the hometown of the sun’. The swim course starts in Flowing Lake, a man-made reservoir with views for spectators to watch from the shore. The bike course takes athletes north between the soaring Carp Mountains and impressive Pacific coastline. The run course combines the lively Taitung city centre with quiet and pleasant rice fields with the finish line in Tie Hua village.