Challenge Melbourne sells out

Race sells out in less than a week

The successful launch of Challenge Family with three events into Australia continues as Challenge Melbourne announced it had sold out with over 1200 competitors.

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"I couldn’t be happier with the response from athletes and industry people to the announcement of Challenge Melbourne," said David Hansen, Challenge Melbourne director. “The emails and phone calls of encouragement have been overwhelming and to now sell out the event in less than a week of opening entries is humbling.”

Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer, is also thrilled with the huge response from athletes.  “Athletes have been asking us for nearly two years to come back to Australia and today it seems as though they have greeted Challenge Family’s return in the best way possible with so many signing up, not just for Melbourne but for all three races. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every athlete for your support and I very much look forward to welcoming you across the finish line!”

The inaugural Challenge Melbourne event will take place on 2 February, 2014.

Last week the Challenge Family announced their re-entry into the Australian triathlon scene with Challenge Melbourne, Challenge Forster and Challenge Bateman’s Bay.

The Challenge Forster event is currently open for entries and continues to fill quickly as athletes rush to make sure they are apart of this traditional event.

“Athletes care about tradition and love to recall history, so for Challenge Forster to allow the new generation of athletes to experience the course on which our sport was built is very exciting,” said Mark Emerton, Challenge Forster and Challenge Bateman’s Bay race director. “Entries are pouring in and I would expect the race to fill very soon. We’re also really pleased with the way Bateman’s Bay entries are going so early on.

Challenge Forster will take place in the idyllic twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry on the NSW Mid-North Coast on Sunday 24 November, 2013 while Challenge Bateman’s Bay will be held on 16 March, 2014. Challenge Bateman’s Bay entries opened today, Monday.

The Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons is changing the face of long distance racing around the world with its focus on athlete experience. Featuring spectacular courses in iconic destinations, Challenge Family events focus on delivering the race-of-a-lifetime to every athlete, and creating a memorable spectator experience that captures all the excitement and emotion of this inspirational sport.

The addition of the Australian races takes the Challenge Family to 21 events around the world including the world’s largest long distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany. Other Challenge Family races are held in Germany, Austria, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, Thailand and Taiwan.

Entries to Challenge Forster and Challenge Bateman's Bay are currently opened to the general public at

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