CHALLENGE FAMILY to build Balkan Triathlon Tradition with introduction of CHALLENGE BUDVA-MONTENEGRO
January 29, 2020
With a swim in the crystal blue Adriatic Sea, a bike ride by the picturesque Montenegrin coast with stunning views and a run course on a spectacular promenade with pure Mediterranean spirit, CHALLENGE FAMILY is introducing the brand new CHALLENGE BUDVA-MONTENEGRO. This Middle Distance race will be held October 4th and can be a spectacular ending of a nice European triathlon season.
”We’re pretty sure athletes will love and enjoy every single meter of the course and every single minute of the event”, says Race Director Uroš Đurašević. “It’s a most unique location for triathlon: from historical heritage to sandy beaches and of course the mountains, blue Adriatic Sea, traditional Mediterranean architecture mixed with modern and luxury world famous marinas and resorts. During the race you’ll definitely get stunning views.”
The swim start is located at the sandy Pizana Beach in the eastern part of Old Town. During the swim athletes will have the walls of the old town on one hand, while on the other hand side views will extent towards the sea. Biggest part of the swim will take place very close to the coast, which makes the swim course really accessible for spectators. “After the swim the way to transition area is unique: athletes will go through the narrow and paved streets of Old Town where T1 is located under the city walls.”
The Montenegrin coast is considered one of the most beautiful coasts on the Adriatic, so therefore the bike course is highly attractive. “The two-laps bike course starts with a flat part through Budva and Becici. After passing these two cities, the course will become hilly. Here you will pass the famous Sveti Stefan and Petrovac, a fisherman village, were you’ll have stunning views of the surroundings.” The run-course also contains two laps, starting in the harbour and leading athletes a long Slovenska Beach. Athletes will pass amongst others fishing boats, palm trees and a Mediterranean promenade.
Jort Vlam, CHALLENGE FAMILY‘s CEO, is very pleased with the announcement of this new race. “In this area triathlon is a very upcoming sport, but it’s still a white spot on the map. We are looking very much forward to build the triathlon tradition with the local community. The amazing courses, the enthusiastic and dedicated team and the great Montenegrin hospitalitywill be a big help achieving this.
Budva is a medieval city, more than 2,500 years old, making it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. It’s located in the central part of the Montenegrin coast and it is the center of Montenegro tourism. The area surrounding Budva is called the Budva Riviera. Part of Budva Riviera are also Bečići, Sveti Stefan and Petrovac, smaller tourist towns.
About CHALLENGE FAMILY
CHALLENGE FAMILY is one of the fastest growing global triathlon series. With 40 full and middle distances in 26 different countries, CHALLENGE FAMILY is changing the face of triathlon around the world. Due to spectacular courses in iconic destinations, no CHALLENGE FAMILY race is like another. Focusing on delivering the race of a lifetime to athletes of all ages and abilities, CHALLENGE FAMILY races provide memorable experiences that capture all the excitement and emotions of this inspirational sport.