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Challenge Penticton Canada adds a half distance race

Challenge Pentiction Finisher

Challenge Penticton Canada will now offer a half distance individual event in addition to its full iron distance race (individual and relay), which will all take place on Sunday August 24, 2014,

“Penticton set the bar for long-course triathlon in Canada and the United States, and we’re thrilled to roll out a half distance triathlon in 2014 so a whole new group of athletes can take the Challenge,” said Paulette Rennie, Challenge Penticton Canada President. “Athletes have been knocking our door down asking for more events to enjoy with their family and friends, and Challenge Penticton Canada is delivering.”

The race course for the half will remain within the legendary single loop course. The Half distance race entry is set at $350 plus tax and will be capped at 600 athletes.

“This year I saw as Penticton was able to honour its passion for triathlon, and adding a Challenge Half to the legendary race is a fabulous way to build on their history of quality race experiences for athletes,” said Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer. “Challenge Penticton Canada will truly be a celebration of sport for the entire family.”

Early bird registration for the full distance is set at $599 plus tax for individual athletes and $825 plus tax for relay team entries. The early bird deadline is Dec. 31, 2013.  The full distance race is limited to 1,500 individuals and only 200 relay teams.

Registration and more information about both events can be found at www.challengepenticton.com.

“Without a doubt, Challenge Penticton Canada is a triathlete’s dream experience – it’s more than just a one-day achievement,” said Symonds, the inaugural Challenge Penticton Canada Champion. “I am proud of my home town celebrating the sport of triathlon and creating races for everyone – from the legendary full course to our relay and now introducing the Challenge Half.”

Jeff Symonds wins Challenge Penticton 2013

With $75 000 in prize money, paying down to 10th place, the pro field should be strong. Chris McCormack (AUS) has vowed to return to Penticton, after not finishing this year.