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Challenge Series takes to Mexico with Challenge San Gil

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 5.51.13 PMThe first Challenge Family event in Mexico – Challenge San Gil – get underway this weekend, with a  professional field racing for the US$45,000 prize purse along with more than 900 age group athletes.

Originally hosting Sprint and Olympic distance events, Triathlon San Gil expanded six years ago to offer the Half distance which is now part of the Challenge series, combining a 21-year triathlon tradition with the Challenge Family’s focus on providing ‘a new style of athlete-focused triathlon experience around the globe.’Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 5.49.02 PM

The 1.9 km swim will take place in a calm, private lake followed by a demanding 90 km bike course, full of spectacular scenery and impressive climbs and descents where athletes are expected to reach high speeds in the final downhill kilometres, making all that climbing through the Queretaro Mountains worthwhile.

The flat 21 km run is through the residential area of San Gil as well as around the lake before finishing in central San Gil.

Since 1991, San Gil has been of Mexico´s top triathlon locations and this triathlon venue is already well known to Mexican triathletes. The State of Querétaro is one of the fastest growing athletic communities in the country.

The event venue has a long history hosting Olympic and sprint distances races in the 1990s, and in the past six years the area has seen a promotion of longer distance triathlon events in Mexico.

“We’re delighted to join forces with Mario Herrera and his team at this spectacular and well-proven venue,” said Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO. “With its stunning course, outstanding quality race delivery and warm Mexican welcome, I have no doubt Challenge San Gil Queretaro will bring a new dimension to long distance triathlon in Mexico.”



from press release