17 JANUARY 2014 – Global long-distance triathlon series Challenge FamilyÂ today announced the launch of Challenge Rancho Cordova, its first half distance race in the United States, taking place on October 5, 2014.
The 1.2 mile swim course will take place at the Nimbus Dam which is fed by the American River with headwaters high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This is one of the cleanest bodies of water available for any triathlon swim in California and is calm and flat in all weather conditions. The single-loop point-to-point 56 mile bike course offers glimpses of the Sierra Nevada Mountains while traversing farmland, vineyards, wooded hills, and the historic Mather Field air force base. The course has an overall elevation gain of 1200 feet.Â Â The 13.1 mile flat run course on city streets and trails starts and finishes in downtown Rancho Cordova.
Located 12 miles east of the California’s state capitol, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and surrounding communities are rich in the history of California’s Gold Rush including the first 12 miles of railroad in California. In more modern times the City hosted a thriving military base and now is home to large aerospace, technology, healthcare and other corporations.
â€œThe City of Rancho Cordova is proud to partner with the Challenge Family to host the Challenge Rancho Cordova Triathlon,â€ saidÂ Mayor Dan Skoglund. â€œAthletes and visitors from around the world will discover all that Rancho Cordova â€“ the Center of it All â€“ has to offer. Our City features a mecca of recreational opportunities and places to stay making it the perfect location for this event.â€
Challenge Rancho Cordova reflects the efforts by theÂ Challenge FamilyÂ andÂ USA Productions,Â a local company that produces a list of multisport events in Northern California.
â€œOur goal was to bring a major international series half distance race to Northern California, saidÂ Ryan CoelhoÂ USA Production’s Race Director/CEO. â€œAfter an extensive venue search, we settled on Rancho Cordova where we have the infrastructure, race course and city support to make this event a memorable athlete and family experience.â€
â€œOur events aim to honor the spirit, values and legacy of our sport and we are excited to finally have an event in California, the home-state of triathlon,â€ said Challenge Family CEO,Â Felix WalchshÃ¶fer. â€œWe have teamed with a fantastic community and well-respected local production company to deliver an event that will be rich in athlete, family and spectator experience.â€
General entries of the inaugural Challenge Rancho Cordova on October 5, 2014 will open at 9am PST on Friday, January 24 atÂ www.Challenge-RanchoCordova.com. Additional event information can be found atÂ Twitter: @challengerancho andÂ Facebook:Â www.Facebook.com/ChallengeRanchoCordova
The Challenge Family series of triathlons now features 24 full and half distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon â€“ Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and home to both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia and North American have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For further information on Challenge Family visitÂ www.challenge-family.com.