We’re starting to see a trend here – the organizers of Challenge Daytona have added another race to the Challenge North America series, this one at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Thanks to his close ties to NASCAR (his wife, Lesa France Kennedy is the CEO of the International Speedway Corporation), Challenge North America CEO Bill Christy has enlisted another motorsports facility for an event.
Being able to host events at facilities like Daytona International Speedway and the Homestead-Miami Speedway provide some excellent benefits and opportunities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Screening of everyone involved in the event – athletes, volunteers, vendors and staff is relatively easy since everyone will enter through one location. NASCAR has been holding events since May, and has started allowed a limited number of spectators to races since July, so the tracks have experience with dealing with holding events during the pandemic.
“We are thrilled to expand our family-friendly festival of events to South Florida at Homestead-Miami Speedway. We anticipate an awesome field of competition, “ Christy said in a press release. “We believe this will bring triathlon to a wider global audience and support the growth of safe, family-friendly racing. “
“Similar to Challenge Daytona, Challenge Miami includes many unique features which consist of three lakes, two beaches, a nursery as well as a 2.21-mile road course,” Chrsity continued. “The swim portion of the competition will take place on the infield spring-fed lake which spans about a quarter mile. The true oval offers all athletes a flat and fast course, which will surely lead to memorable finishes and personal records.”
Race weekend takes place between March 12 to 14 and includes:
- Middle Distance Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike
- Sprint Distance Triathlon and Duathlon
- Junior Challenge kids’ race
- Pro Am Relay Race
- 5K/10K run/walk events
- Relay categories
- CHALLENGEMIAMI Professional race the “Miami Distance”
“Located just 35 minutes from Miami international Airport, our venue, is located in beautiful and vibrant communities of Miami-Dade County as well as the Florida Keys offer the perfect winter retreat for our out-of-state guests and staycations for our local Floridians,” says Homestead-Miami Speedway president Al Garcia. “From impeccable beaches, to shopping, restaurants and entertainment, our community offers something for everyone.”