30 JULY 2015 – CHALLENGE FAMILY has officially confirmed its support of the Professional Triathlon Union (PTU), and today outlined its further commitment to improving standards for professional athletes.
From 1 January 2016 only PTU members will be permitted to compete at any CHALLENGE FAMILY event in the elite or professional category. CHALLENGE FAMILY is the first major triathlon organisation to actively pledge its support to the PTU and has made this move in the belief that the industry as a whole needs to come together to make real progress in the professionalisation of triathlon.
“I’m very excited to see the PTU launch today, this is what our sport needs; a unified voice for our pro athletes and professional body working with us to keep improving all aspects of our sport,” said CHALLENGE FAMILY CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “We have been working alongside these guys for the past eight months since Challenge Bahrain where we hosted the first Pro Athlete Forum and I’m proud that Challenge Family is taking the lead and pledging our support to the pro’s to lift industry standards. All of our licensee’s have also fully supported this initiative, and together with PTU we will implement a new entry process for the professionals in line with other systems to create an industry standard.”
CHALLENGE FAMILY is committed to improving the standard of triathlon and supporting professional athletes standing for the betterment of the sport. It congratulates the PTU and founding board members who have worked so diligently, lead by Richard Allen over the past six months to bring this union together. CHALLENGE FAMILY look forward to working together with the PTU in effecting change towards more professional standards for triathlon.
For more information on the PTU please visit their website: protriunion.com
ABOUT CHALLENGE FAMILY
The CHALLENGE FAMILY series of triathlons features 47 full and half distance races in 23 countries around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon â€“ 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 www.challenge-family.com.