The Challenge Family has announced that its first race in the United States will take place in late June of 2014 in the northeastern United States. The exact date and location will be announced later this month.
Set to take place in the Mid-Atlantic region, the inaugural Challenge USA will be directed under the leadership of Robert “Vigo” Vigorito.
Vigorito is the 2013 USA Triathlon Life-Time Achievement Award winner and many acknowledge him as the one responsible for taking the triathlon experience east of the Mississippi River. Back in 1984, he founded the Columbia Triathlon Association.
“We will announce the details of this first race in mid-September and you can be certain it’s going to be one very exciting and memorable event—the course is flat and fast,” said Vigorito. “The swim is sheltered, the bike incorporates state forests, vineyards and classic downtown Americana while the run is all about the ocean, and spectators… lots of them! Further, having witnessed Challenge Roth firsthand, I fully support their philosophy, and know that it aligns perfectly with my own. The athlete experience, the community involvement, and giving back—never take more than you give.”
Vigorito has partnered with respected race director Stephen Del Monte of DelMoSports who shares the same respect and reputation among athletes as someone committed to them as individuals and providing the ultimate race experience.
Challenge Roth and Challenge Family are both headed by the Walchshöfer family, brother and sister team Felix and Kathrin, along with mother Alice and previously, their late father Herbert. Felix Walchshöfer said he was delighted the time had arrived to bring the Challenge Family to the USA and could not have hoped for better partners than Vigorito and Del Monte.
“Challenge Family races are renowned for their unique race experiences, strong community support and creating a very special athlete experience, whether a pro or age grouper,” said Walchshöfer. “We invest literally and emotionally in being an integral part of the athletes’ journey, from the time they make the decision to race with us to the time we personally welcome them across the finish line. Each year, hundreds of Americans cross the Atlantic to be part of this experience and now they can enjoy it at home. We have found a team that shares our values. Like them we are driven by quality. We don’t see overselling fields as an indicator of success. We base success on strong fields that are the right size for the course and give the best possible race experience. I have a huge amount of respect for Vigo and Stephen and what they have achieved and I feel honored to have them as part of this exciting journey.”
Read the complete announcement at Challenge-family.com and check back to Triathlete.com for more on this developing story.
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