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Previewing Challenge Taiwan

The inaugural full and half iron distance races go Saturday May 4.

The inaugural Challenge Taiwan and Challenge Half Taiwan is set to go on Saturday May 4.

Taking place in Taiwan’s stunning tropical east coast in and around Taitung, Challenge Taiwan marks Challenge Family’s first full distance in Asia.

Taitung is famous for its hot springs and surfing as well as spectacular coastline and mountains and its scenic beauty has earned it the name of ‘garden of Taiwan’. The Challenge Taiwan course reflects the many reasons why Taitung is fast becoming the Taiwanese centre for triathlon and cycling.

The two-lap swim takes place in the flowing Lake in Taitung Forest Park followed by an undulating two-lap bike course which heads north between the soaring Carp Mountains and spectacular Pacific Ocean coastline, passing through traditional Taiwan villages along the way. The run combines the cultural heart of Taitung city with the surrounding tranquil rice fields and orchards and vibrant ocean promenade.

Both the full distance and half distance races will also feature relay teams to encourage all levels of participation and to all an easier transition for those looking to take on triathlon’s ultimate distance. While competing as a relay team member, athletes will still be able to experience the thrill of racing alongside the world’s top triathletes such as Justin Granger, Jamie Whyte, Belinda Granger, Kate Bevilaqua, Petr Vabroušek, Guy Crawford and Dylan McNeice (all pictured above).

Go to www.challenge-taiwan.com for more information and race day coverage.