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Challenge Family Adds Third U.S. Race

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Feb 14, 2014
  • Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM UTC

Challenge Family has announced the launch of Challenge New Albany, located in New Albany, Ohio, a 15-minute drive from Ohio’s capital city of Columbus, taking place on July 26-27 2014. The Challenge Family had previously announced races in Atlantic City, N.J. and Rancho Cordova.

See the complete announcement from Challenge Family below:

The third U.S. event of the globally expanding Challenge Family series of events, Challenge New Albany has an entire weekend of racing for the entire family. The race weekend gets started on Saturday, July 26 with a Junior Challenge Kidz Triathlon and the Challenge Women’s Triathlon all in downtown New Albany, Ohio. The Challenge New Albany weekend culminates with Sunday’s Challenge Half and Olympic distance triathlons featuring a unique point-to-point course that starts at Alum Creek State Park and finishes in downtown New Albany.

Participants will be treated to a swim course in the calm waters of Alum Creek Lake. From there, they will cycle on a flat to sometimes rolling bike course through eastern Delaware County, Sunbury, and a tour of Licking County before finally arriving in downtown New Albany, where transition No. 2 is located. Challenge New Albany is capped off by the half marathon run that starts in New Albany’s Market Square and meanders along a picturesque course through residential neighborhoods of stately Georgian homes surrounded by meadows, woodlands and waterways. Nearly all the run course will be on New Albany’s leisure trail with spectacular views.

New Albany’s preserved wooded areas and scenic vistas, timeless Georgian architecture, abundant parkland, world-class golf and trademark white horse fences create an atmosphere of beauty and country club panache. But a closer inspection of New Albany reveals a community with a strong commitment to education, the arts, the environment, health and wellness, and technology. These community pillars work together to create a truly inspiring standard of living.

New Albany, Ohio, is a small city that thinks big and delivers. Just ten minutes from Port Columbus International Airport, and within 500 miles of half the United States and Canadian populations, New Albany is an inspiring mix of attentiveness, location and amenities.

Challenge New Albany is a result of a strategic partnership with the Midest’s premier triathlon promoter, Shannon Kurek from HFP Racing, along with the host partner of the event, Healthy New Albany.

“Healthy New Albany is pleased and honored to be selected as the host partner for the 2014 Challenge New Albany. As New Albany is taking steps toward becoming a national model for how a city develops and promotes a culture of health, Challenge will serve as one example of a community event that emphasizes the impact of physical activity and sport on well-being,” said Dr. Philip Heit, founder Healthy New Albany

“We are extremely proud to partner with New Albany to bring another Challenge Family race to North American athletes, further building on our presence in the USA with a new long distance triathlon experience,” said Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer. “With its commitment to quality and a healthy and active lifestyle the community of New Albany echoes Challenge Family’s values perfectly. The course is stunning and the triathlon festival nature of the event ensures total inclusiveness for everyone, from juniors, to those just starting out to accomplished athletes. I’m sure it will attract athletes and their families from far and wide, including some of the biggest names in the sport.”

General entries of the inaugural Challenge New Albany on July 26-27, 2014 are now open at Challenge-NewAlbany.com.

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