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‘Star-studded’ pro athlete roster under the lights at Challenge Daytona

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Fan-favourites such as pro triathletes Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) and Lionel Sanders (CAN) are among the star-studded field of over 50 athletes representing 12 countries set to race on December 13-15, 2019 at Challenge Daytona.

The 2nd annual Challenge Daytona Festival, voted ‘Best New Race’ 2018 by Triathlete Magazine is held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

“This in extraordinary field of professional triathletes and we are honoured to host them at iconic Daytona International Speedway,” said Challenge Family CEO Zibi Szlufcik.

“This event will be a fantastic opportunity for these athletes to close out the tremendous seasons they’ve had, and fans everywhere will have the chance to watch them do so from start to finish.”

Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile added, “The strength of this professional field ensures Challenge Daytona will be one of the most memorable events of the year. The unique race distance combined with the calibre of this pro field is going to produce never seen before finishes.”

Women
Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR)
Meredith Kessler (USA)
Chelsea Sodaro (USA)
Paula Findlay (CAN)
Jocelyn McCauley (USA)
Angela Naeth (CAN)
Lisa Norden (SWE)
Tina Deckers (BEL)
Maddy Pesch (USA)
Robin Pomeroy (USA)
Sara McLarty (USA)
Christine Cross (USA)
Ginger Howell (USA)
Kearci Smith (USA)
Melanie Baumann (SUI)
Kristen Marchant (CAN)
Elizabeth Nyitray (USA)
Amy Van Tassel (USA)
Amanda Wendorff (USA)
Rebeccah Wassner (USA)
Palmira Alverez (MEX)
Laura Matthews (USA)
Kate Vermann (USA)

Men
Lionel Sanders (CAN)
Andrew Starykowicz (USA)
Tyler Butterfield (BER)
Pablo Dapena (ESP)
Taylor Reid (CAN)
Eric Lagerstrom (USA)
Kevin Collington (USA)
Joe Maloy (USA)
Joe Gambles (AUS)
Dylan McNeice (NZL)
Reece Barclay (GBR)
Kieran Lindars (GBR)
Mikael Staer Nathan (CAN)
Steve Zawaski (USA)
Elliot Bach (USA)
Ricky Flynn (USA)
Brandon Krout (USA)
Bryan McCrystal (IRL)
Andrew Yoder (USA)
Yorlliry Moreno (VEN)
Tiago Souza Dapaula (BRA)
Peter Kotland (USA)
Ernest Mantell (USA)
Alberto Casillas Garcia (LIT)
Chris Schroeder (USA)
Lewis Elliot (USA)
Jason West (USA)

Professional athletes will compete in the new Daytona Distance Under the Lights professional race format. 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 entire 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, 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 – 15:45 at the Challenge Daytona expo.

www.challenge-daytona.com

 

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