Star-Studded Roster announced for 2nd Annual Challenge Daytona

November 13, 2019

Fan-favorites such as 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 13th-15th, 2019 at CHALLENGEDAYTONA.  The 2nd annual CHALLENGEDAYTONA Festival is held at iconic Daytona International Speedway®, voted “Best New Race” 2018 by Triathlete Magazine.

“This in extraordinary field of professional triathletes and we are honored to host them at iconic Daytona International Speedway. 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,” says CHALLENGEFAMILY CEO Zibi Szlufcik.

Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile adds,

“The strength of this professional field ensures, CHALLENGEDAYTONA will be one of the most memorable events of the year. The unique race distance combined with the caliber of this pro field is going to produce never seen before finishes.”


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)


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 Daytona Distance Under the Lights professional race format, which 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 favorite 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 4:30 p.m. 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 5:30 p.m., 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 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the CHALLENGEDAYTONA expo.

Anyone interested in participating in the numerous events offered at CHALLENGEDAYTONA including Sprint and Middle Distance Triathlons (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run), the Junior Challenge kids’ race, Relay categories, Duathlon and Aquabike events, and 5K/10K run/walk events—is invited to visit www.challenge-daytona.com for more information and to register. The top six male and female finishers in each Middle-Distance Triathlon age group will qualify for entry in THECHAMPIONSHIP, to be held on May 31, 2020 at the x-bionic sphere in Samorin, Slovakia.

Are you ready to swim, bike, and run at the “World Center of Racing®”? From December 13th-15th, 2019, Daytona International Speedway will welcome triathletes and triathlon fans from around the world to CHALLENGEDAYTONA. Named “Best New Race” 2018 by Triathlete Magazine, the entire festival of events will take place at the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, home of “The Great American Race®”—the DAYTONA 500®. www.challenge-daytona.com

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the “World Center of Racing,” boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. For more information, visit DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.