One of Melbourne’s most iconic sites will again host one of the year’s biggest triathlons in April.
The Challenge Melbourne triathlon is part of the world Challenge Series of triathlons giving athletes the opportunity to test their endurance skills on the world stage.
The whole series was developed from the German Challenge Triathlon in Roth which has been going since 1984.
This event attracts over 250,000 spectators who pack the 226km course to watch 3,400 athletes from 75 countries compete. From this tradition the Challenge Series has grown around the world.
From Germany to Mexico to Spain to Taiwan and to Melbourne this series has developed a reputation for professionally organised events focused on the athlete.
Challenge Melbourne will host three races starting at the famous Catani Gardens, St Kilda. A Junior kids race, the Sprint triathlon (700m swim, 30km bike, 7km run) and Long-Course triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run) all take place in the shadow of the St Kilda Baths, Luna Park and St Kilda pier.
Last year’s champion, Mike Phillips continued the Challenge tradition with a truly international performance.
He completed the course in 3 hours 45 minutes with a 1.9km swim split of 24 minutes, a 90km bike split in 2 hours 6 minutes and a 21km half marathon split of 1 hour 10 minutes.
For the other 600 competitors the same tradition of doing their best continues. The Challenge Melbourne race starts at 6.50am Sunday 14th April.
Jeremy Dover is a former Sports Scientist and Pastor.
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