Challenge Family announced today that they’re adding a race on the Caribbean island of Aruba in October, 2016.
This half distance race will take place on October 23rd, an ideal time of year for a Caribbean race. For Canadians, this is a great late season race in a beautiful vacation destination without too much travel from some regions. Besides the great destination, the race offers a course full of “speed, variety and quality.”
The 1.9 km swim in Aruba’s crystal clear blue water is a loop. The 90 km bike course follows four, coastline laps
along some of Aruba’s best beaches and past its iconic lighthouse. The 21 km run is entirely along the white beaches with great spectator access from many of the island’s popular resorts.
There will also be a sprint distance race available.
Marcus Altmann, global operations for Challenge Family, said Challenge Aruba is a great addition to the series, especially for North American athletes. “Racing in paradise is always a hard opportunity to turn down,” he said. “The convenience of getting to Aruba from the North American mainland makes this a perfect race to escape the autumn weather and get some sun before winter hits. A great way to close out the season.”
While there have been many global race announcements from Ironman and Challenge Family in the past year, this is the only Caribbean race to have been added recently.