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THECHAMPIONSHIP 2018 – the race series for the whole triathlon family


CHALLENGEFAMILY’s THECHAMPIONSHIP 2018 has announced that a variety of entertaining and innovative side events will be showcased at the flagship race in Samorin, Slovakia, further positioning CHALLENGEFAMILY as the race series for the whole triathlon family.

THECHAMPIONSHIP 2018 will take place June 2nd – 3rd 2018 (side events taking place on June 2nd 2018 and the middle distance triathlon will take place on the June 3rd). The stunning x-bionic® sphere in Samorin will again welcome thousands of visitors from around the world and the highly regarded event will be an occasion for triathletes to enjoy, no matter the age or experience.

Additionally, those wishing to cheer and support rather than race will be able to do so from the comfort and surroundings of the Triathlon Expo, which will be in a central position next to the running course.

“At CHALLENGEFAMILY, we strive to continually deliver a high standard of fair racing for the athletes taking part. We are inclusive and all about the athlete,” says Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY.


Competitors will be offered the following side events on 2nd June, with many more in the pipeline …

  • Tryathlon – 300 metre swim, 15km cycle and 3km run
  • Olympic distance
  • Olympic relay
  • Kids running races for all ages

Covering a total of 1 million square metres, the remarkable x-bionic® sphere, which last year became Slovakia’s official Olympic training centre, will play host to both the Championship middle-distance race as well as its many side events. The unique, multipurpose complex boasts features such as a hotel, restaurants, 50m outdoor and 25m indoor pools, three pools for children, four water slides, the x-bionic® equestor sphere – a paradise for horses and horse lovers, and an athletics stadium.

Sebastian Kienle (GER), who finished in second place at THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017, says of the side events:

“Racing at this year’s event was an unbelievable experience, and the family-friendly side events absolutely contributed to the electric atmosphere throughout. What is fantastic about CHALLENGEFAMILY races is that they take into account not only the pro athletes, but the whole triathlon community, so they can be enjoyed by both the competitors and spectators alike.”

There are a further nine races in which competitors can qualify for the event in Samorin, with the next race, CHALLENGEWANAKA, taking place 17th February 2018 in Wanaka, New Zealand.

For more information and updates on the THECHAMPIONSHIP 2018, please visit: www.thechampionship.de

Source: Challenge Family