The Championship takes place in the middle of Europe, on June 2nd 2019 in Samorin, Slovakia – a one-hour drive from Vienna Airport. This qualification event was created for the best pro triathletes and age groupers with slots rewarded for their results throughout the year. In addition to these qualification slots, Challenge Family adds that it ‘would like to reward those loyal athletes, who maybe weren’t lucky enough to be at the top of the result list, with special loyalty slots.’
These loyalty slots will be available to any age group athlete who participates in three or more Challenge Family races (either Middle or Long Distance, Single or Relay) within the qualification period for The Championship ending May 31st 2019. These loyalty slots are available to any age group athlete regardless of their finishing time, age, gender or position.
A maximum of 150 slots are available on a first come, first served basis.
“We think this is a great way to thank our most dedicated and loyal athletes who participate in many Challenge races throughout the year”, said Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family. “The Championship is one of our races you really don’t want to miss. So we would like to provide an extra opportunity to enter this exclusive event with an ‘All About The Athlete’ approach and a 20m non drafting rule.”
One of last year’s participants, Dutch age grouper Alida Hagen, gave input on the event. “This race is organized extremely well. The bike course is flat and therefore very fast and the run course is so nice thanks to the amazing environment. Also, the accommodation (X-Bionic Sphere) is spectacular and all the facilities you need are available. And please don’t forget the amazing pasta party. I have never seen such a great pasta party before.”
Athletes interested in loyalty slots are required to submit a request (via email to: thechampionship[at]challenge-family.com) and show evidence that they fulfil the qualification terms.
For friends and family travelling with athletes racing The Championship, an extensive program of side events will be organised during the event weekend. There is a ‘Tryathlon’; an Olympic Distance race; an open Middle Distance race and a Kids Run to name a few.
“We think The Championship is a nice way to combine a holiday at the luxury X-Bionic Sphere resort with family and friends, and at the same time enjoy one of the most spectacular races in the world and a highlight of the year,” added Zibi Szlufcik.
To qualify for The Championship
Aside from the 150 loyalty slots, there are several ways to qualify for The Championship. At every Challenge Family full and middle distance race, the best five male and female pros qualify for The Championship.
Winners from the full distance IRONMAN and IM 70.3 World Championships, the ITU series, Super League Triathlon and Olympic Champions will also be invited to participate. Beside the Pros, the best six male and female age groupers (from each category and each race) will qualify together with the best six best male, female and mixed relay athletes.
After eight weeks of qualifying, Challenge Family will apply a ‘roll down system’. If the qualified athletes choose not to use their tickets to race The Championship, these will be offered to the next athlete (maximum top 12). The Championship is Challenge Family’s Middle Distance World Championship and is one of the few races where the new ’20m non-drafting rule’ for pros is applied.
The first qualification race for The Championship is Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand. There are a further 36 other Challenge Family races to qualify before the last opportunity at Challenge Heilbronn in May 2019.