21 MARCH 2014 -Â A key part of Australian long course triathlon tradition will continueÂ with today’s announcement of Challenge Shepparton, taking place on 16 November 2014.
The 1.9km swim, 90km ride andÂ 21.1km run triathlon will build on Shepparton tradition, but will offer aÂ completely new course, with the event being held at the iconic Victoria ParkÂ Lake,Â Shepparton. Click here to view course.
Following the single-lap swimÂ in the beautiful Victoria Park Lake, the fast, flat bike course is two 45kmÂ laps through Shepparton’s iconic rural landscapes. The run course consists ofÂ three laps ofÂ lake, river and bush trails with the finish, complete withÂ legendary Shepparton crowds, on the banks of Victoria Park Lake in the centreÂ of town.
â€œThrough the endeavours of theÂ McPherson Media Group, with support from Council, it is exciting to announceÂ that not only will a long course race continued to be offered in Shepparton,Â but itÂ will be held in a brand new location,â€ explains Mayor Jenny Houlihan.Â â€œFinally competitors will have the opportunity to race in and around ourÂ beautiful iconic Victoria Park Lake.â€
McPherson Media Group andÂ Council recognise the magnitude and importance of such an event to theÂ Shepparton community, and this newly formed partnership is a positive step inÂ securing theÂ long-term future of a long course race in Shepparton.
â€œWhen we heard the SheppartonÂ Triathlon Club was unable to stage an event this year we at the Shepparton NewsÂ knew we had to do what we could to help secure the 2014 eventâ€, explainsÂ McPherson Media CEO, Damian Trezise.
â€œWe’re really pleased the newÂ event has been accepted into the Challenge Family global series. We’re workingÂ with Council and SuperSprint, the professional race organiser behind theÂ sell-outÂ Challenge Melbourne race, to deliver a first-rate race that everyoneÂ expects in Shepparton. We will work with local athletes and businesses keen toÂ help the Shepparton tradition of runningÂ successful triathlon eventsâ€, explainsÂ Mr Trezise.
Challenge Family CEO, FelixÂ WalchshÃ¶fer, said he was delighted to welcome another important part ofÂ Australia’s triathlon legacy to the Challenge Family.
â€œShepparton has a long historyÂ of triathlon with legendary support from the community and athletes. It’s anÂ honour to be able to continue this tradition and announce Challenge SheppartonÂ on anÂ exciting new course working with a community that is clearly soÂ passionate about triathlon,â€ he said. â€œShepparton joins Forster, also a keyÂ part of Australia’s triathlon legacy and home toÂ Challenge Forster alongsideÂ Challenge Batemans Bay, Challenge Melbourne and Challenge Gold Coast.â€
Online entries for the eventÂ are open atÂ www.challengeshepparton.com.au.
ABOUTÂ CHALLENGE FAMILY
The Challenge Family series of triathlons nowÂ features 27 full and half distance races around the world, including theÂ world’s largest long distance triathlon â€“ Challenge Roth in Germany. TheÂ birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500Â athletes and 220,000 spectators and home to both world records held by AndreasÂ Raelert (GER) and ChrissieÂ Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughoutÂ Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia, South America and North America have joinedÂ Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience ofÂ long distanceÂ racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back toÂ the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to itsÂ continued growth. ForÂ further information on Challenge Family visitÂ www.challenge-family.com.