Challenge Family announces new race in Poland

30 SEPTEMBER 2014 - Challenge Family today arrived in Eastern Europe with the announcement of Challenge PoznaÅ„, a half distance triathlon in Greater Poland’s historic capital, taking place on 26 July 2015.

PoznaÅ„ is a modern city of business, also abundant in green areas and the relics of the beginnings the Polish statehood. They include the historic old market square with the city hall, the emperor’s castle and the ninth century Arch-cathedral Basilica – the first cathedral in Poland.
The hub of the event is located at the picturesque Maltańskie Lake, home to World and Europe Championships in canoeing, rowing, dragon boat races. While Challenge Poznań is the first edition of the event in the Challenge Family, it is third edition of the triathlon in Poznań, one of the largest triathlon events in Europe, attracting over 2,600 triathletes from all over the world. The course is flat and fast with memorable spectator support throughout the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run.

Wojciech KruczyÅ„ski, director of Challenge Family’s Polish partners, Endusport, said the atmosphere of a Challenge event could be compared to the ENEA PoznaÅ„ Triathlon, making the Challenge the perfect international brand for the race.

“The main ethos of Challenge Family is reflected by the slogan “We Are Triathlon!” which highlights the fact that all involved in triathlon are like one big family,” he said. “Challenge Family is the kind of triathlon event where good time and sports friendship is a priority. Organizers’ main aim is to establish strong interaction with contestants. Moreover they are trying to highlight the joy triathlon brings. Each and every Challenge event is about this special atmosphere where everybody (competitors, their families, supporters) can spend all day together with triathlon.”
“Bringing Challenge Family to Poland not only will raise the prestige of the city of PoznaÅ„ on the Polish triathlon map, but also will mark its position in the scale of Europe and the world,” said Ryszard Grobelny, Mayor of PoznaÅ„ and also a triathlete. “This year’s event proved that triathlon has got strong potential here in PoznaÅ„. I am glad, that we will maintain it by becoming a part of the world series of triathlon events,” he added.
Challenge Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik, said partnering with ENEA PoznaÅ„ Triathlon continued Challenge Family’s commitment to producing quality triathlon events with a strong focus on excellent athlete experience.

“Triathlon in the wonderful city of Poznan has enjoyed fantastic development over the last years becoming THE triathlon destination in Poland. Wojciech Kruczynski and his team deliver nothing but the best. With the warm hospitality of Mayor Grobelny and the city of Poznan, Challenge Family is proud to become a global partner focusing 100% on quality and athlete experience,” he said. “For me personally, I was born in Poland and it’s a dream come true to have Challenge Poznan on the Challenge Family global schedule!”

Entries to Challenge Poznań opened Tuesday 30 September at
The Challenge Family series of triathlons features 41 full and half distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – 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, Asia, North America and South America 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 visit

ENDU SPORT Sp. z o.o. comprehensively organizes different type of events – both mass market and smaller sporting events in the country and abroad. The company has in its portfolio marathons, events for children and, essentially, Triathlon Sieraków 2012 and 2013, LOTTO POZnan* Triathlon 2013 and ENEA Poznan Triathlon 2014. ENDU SPORT prepares also events for companies, conferences and training courses. Additional activity of ENDU SPORT is running the ENDU SHOP, which sells and rents professional sports equipment. More information: and
Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.