30 SEPTEMBER 2014 -Â ChallengeÂ Family today arrived in Eastern Europe with the announcement of ChallengeÂ PoznaÅ„, a half distance triathlon inÂ Greater Poland’s historic capital, takingÂ place on 26 July 2015.
PoznaÅ„ is a modern city ofÂ business, also abundant in green areas and the relics of the beginnings theÂ Polish statehood. They include the historic oldÂ market square with the cityÂ hall, the emperor’s castle and the ninth century Arch-cathedral Basilica â€“ theÂ first cathedral in Poland.
The hub of the eventÂ is located at the picturesque MaltaÅ„skie Lake, home to World and EuropeÂ Championships in canoeing, rowing, dragon boat races.Â While Challenge PoznaÅ„ isÂ the first edition of the event in the Challenge Family, it is third edition ofÂ the triathlon in PoznaÅ„, one of the largest triathlonÂ events in Europe,Â attracting over 2,600 triathletes from all over the world. The course is flatÂ and fast with memorable spectator support throughout theÂ 1.9km swim, 90km bike andÂ 21km run.
Wojciech KruczyÅ„ski, director of ChallengeÂ Family’s Polish partners, Endusport, said the atmosphereÂ of a Challenge event could be compared to the ENEAÂ PoznaÅ„ Triathlon, making theÂ Challenge the perfect international brand for the race.
â€œTheÂ main ethos of Challenge Family is reflected by the slogan â€œWe Are Triathlon!â€ whichÂ highlights the fact that all involved in triathlon are like one bigÂ family,â€ heÂ said. â€œChallenge Family is the kind of triathlon event where good time andÂ sports friendship is a priority. Organizers’ main aim is to establishÂ strongÂ interaction with contestants. Moreover they are trying to highlight the joyÂ triathlon brings. Each and every Challenge event is about this specialÂ atmosphere where everybody (competitors, their families, supporters) can spendÂ all day together with triathlon.â€
â€œBringingÂ Challenge Family to Poland not only will raise the prestige of the city ofÂ PoznaÅ„ on the Polish triathlon map, but also will mark its position in theÂ scale of Europe and the world,â€ said Ryszard Grobelny, Mayor of PoznaÅ„ and alsoÂ a triathlete. â€œThis year’s event proved that triathlon has got strongÂ potentialÂ here in PoznaÅ„. I am glad, that we will maintain it by becoming a part of theÂ world series of triathlon events,â€ he added.
ChallengeÂ Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik, said partnering with ENEA PoznaÅ„ Triathlon continuedÂ Challenge Family’s commitment to producing quality triathlonÂ events with aÂ strong focus on excellent athlete experience.
â€œTriathlon in the wonderful city of Poznan has enjoyed fantasticÂ development over the last years becoming THE triathlon destination in Poland.Â WojciechÂ Kruczynski and his team deliver nothing but the best. With the warmÂ hospitality of Mayor Grobelny and the city of Poznan, Challenge Family is proudÂ toÂ become a global partner focusing 100% on quality and athlete experience,â€ heÂ said. â€œFor me personally, I was born in Poland and it’s a dream come true toÂ have Challenge Poznan on the Challenge Family global schedule!â€
EntriesÂ to Challenge PoznaÅ„ opened Tuesday 30 September atÂ www.challenge-poznan.pl.
ABOUT CHALLENGE FAMILY
The Challenge Family series of triathlons features 41 full and halfÂ distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distanceÂ triathlon â€“Â Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family,Â Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and homeÂ toÂ both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie WellingtonÂ (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia, NorthÂ America and South America have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes withÂ a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athleteÂ andÂ spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacyÂ of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For furtherÂ informationÂ on Challenge Family visitÂ www.challenge-family.com.
ABOUT ENDUÂ SPORT
ENDU SPORT Sp. z o.o. comprehensively organizes different type of eventsÂ â€“ both mass market and smaller sporting events in the country and abroad.Â TheÂ company has in its portfolio marathons, events for children and, essentially,Â Triathlon SierakÃ³w 2012 and 2013, LOTTO POZnan* Triathlon 2013 andÂ ENEA PoznanÂ Triathlon 2014. ENDU SPORT prepares also events for companies, conferences andÂ training courses. Additional activity of ENDU SPORT isÂ running the ENDU SHOP,Â which sells and rents professional sports equipment. More information:Â http://www.endusport.plÂ andÂ http://endushop.pl.