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Challenge Bahrain adds age group prize purse to support local development


Challenge Bahrain has announced that it will offer a prize purse for age group Bahraini and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) athletes taking part in the half distance triathlon event on December 6th.

Typically reserved exclusively for pros, the race organizers are hoping to use the age group prize purse  to support the development of the sport in Bahrain. The reward has been extended to amateur male and female individuals, as well as relay teams. The race will take athletes of all ages and abilities on a journey through Bahrain’s history, from the high tech future to the roots of this ancient civilization. This race will allow age group athletes to race with the over 50 of the world’s top ranked professional athletes.

The Challenge Bahrain prize purse is evenly split between men and women for Bahraini individuals. First place will walk away with $2,000 US;  2nd $1,500 US, 3rd $1,000 US, 4th $500US  and 5th $250 US.

For Bahraini relay teams (female/male/mixed) the prize purse breakdown is as follows: 1st $2,000 US, 2nd $1,500 US, 3rd $1,000 US, 4th $500 US and 5th $250 US.

GCC nationals (female/male) and the top 5 relay teams also get a piece of the prize purse. The split goes as follows: 1st $2,000 US, 2nd $1,500 US, 3rd $1,000 US, 4th $500 US and 5th $250 US.

“While Challenge Bahrain aims to position itself amongst the best sport events from around the world, we will also use this high profile international event as a strategy to promote sports and fitness amongst our citizens in The Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council,” said Dr Saqer Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Triathlon Association. “Thus, we have dedicated $50,000 US prize purse solely to support and encourage Bahrainis and their brothers and sisters in this region.”

The inaugural Challenge Bahrain takes place on December 6, 2014 with entries closing on October 31, 2014.

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is also now on board as ‘Official Race Hotel’ for the event. For travelling triathletes, Sofitel Bahrain presents a unique venue for visitors to the Kingdom of Bahrain and is seen to be ideally suited for visitors with it is strong location, next to the Bahrain International Circuit, combined with it is unique facilities.