Levi Maxwell and Meredith Hill claim victory in the inaugural Challenge Anhui
October 23, 2019
The first ever Challenge Family race in Mainland China kicked off on October 20, in the relatively small land-locked province of Anhui. Located in an area famous for international cultural tourism and spectacular scenery of mountain ridges and lakes, the 2019 Challenge Anhui welcomed around 1.200 triathletes from 20 counties and 28 inland provinces.
The event held both Full and Middle Distance races, and began with a swim in the scenic urban Wuliangxi River, followed by a bike course through bamboo forests and alongside clear lakes to the newly transformed city of Anhui. The flat run course in downtown Anhui rounded up the race, where an enthusiastic local audience was waiting to applaud and cheer everybody home.
To increase the popularity of this event, a 12-hour live TV broadcast, webcasting and online photo streaming were introduced. An incredible 6.8 million likes were received during the webcasting.
In the men’s professional race, two Australian athletes claimed the top two places. Levi Maxwell claimed victory in a time of 8:08:41, followed by Steven McKenna, who crossed the line after 8:17:27. Thomas Davis from Great Britain came third, 28 minutes behind the winner.
In the women’s professional raceand in a time of 9:14:06, it was the Australian Meredith Hill who had the edge on this year’s Challenge Taiwan Champion, Lisa Roberts from America, who followed in a time of 9:24:00. The Swiss athlete Joanna Ryter finished third after 9:44:51.
Challenge Anhui 2019 will undoubtedly hold a special place in Chinese triathlon history, not just because it was the first 226K Full Distance triathlon for a long time in Mainland China, but also the strategic significance of China’s incorporation into Challenge Family’s race network.
Photo Gallery of CHALLENGEANHUI 2019 can be found here.
About CHALLENGE FAMILY
Based in Amberg, Germany, CHALLENGE FAMILY is the leading global triathlon festival race series. With over 34 races annually across 23 host countries, CHALLENGE FAMILY is the fastest growing mass endurance triathlon brand in the world. CHALLENGE FAMILY offers “events for everyone” with a “festival character,” so that everyone can share in the triathlon experience, from professionals to age-groupers.