26 NOVEMBER 2015 – CHALLENGE FAMILY is joining forces with one of the most prestigious sporting facilities in Europe to bring the global triathlon series to Slovakia in 2016. CHALLENGE ŠAMORÍN was announced today at Elements Resort together with a multi-day sports festival that will take place on 15-21 August.

CHALLENGE ŠAMORÍN race director, Stefan Kral outlined the details of the new half distance race and its unique location.

“Elements Resort in Šamorín is the ideal place for sports and is becoming the Mecca of Slovak and European sport. Within CHALLENGE ŠAMORÍN, we will organize not one but a series of triathlon competitions, ranging from sprint distance (750 m swimming – 20km cycling – 5 km running) to Olympic distance (1500 m – 40km – 10km), to the main half distance (1900 m – 90km – 21,1km),” he said.

Elements Resort in Slovakia, home to Challenge Family's newest race, Challenge Samorin
Elements Resort in Slovakia, home to Challenge Family’s newest race, Challenge Samorin

“The attractiveness of our event is proved by the early confirmed attendance of several top Czech and Slovak triathletes – Peter Vabroušek, Karol Džalaj, Kristína Néč-Lapinová, Nikola Čorbová and the world star triathlete and current ETU European Middle Distance Champion, Filip Ospalý.

“The competition is open to athletes of all age categories and performance levels – you can compete with the best and experience the atmosphere of a competition with hundreds of competitors and thousands of encouraging spectators by the course. Challenge triathlons take families into account too – a part of the festival is a training camp for children and youth, together with the best professional triathletes taking part, aquathlon and children’s triathlon competitions in the end. With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro taking place at the same time as CHALLENGE ŠAMORÍN, we will have a big fan zone with large screens, where fans can enjoy the Olympic atmosphere together and support their favorite athletes in Rio.”

The CHALLENGE ŠAMORÍN course will be extraordinary with its variety. Swimming will be interesting and challenging at the same time, as it will take place in the Danube River by the Kormorán lagoon, where the river is wide and shallow, with a calmer current. For the cycling part, athletes will start on Čilistovská Street, followed by Pácerová Street which will direct them to the village of Báč. Consequently, they will reach Gabčíkovo and will cross the dam to go to Vojka, where they turn around and head back. The running course will be directly in Elements Resort, with the finish line at the athletic stadium. The athletes will be able to admire the beauty of villages typical to Southern Slovakia, the vastness of the Danube River and the magnificent nature of the Danube Lowlands.

“Elements Resort needs to be seen to be believed,” said CHALLENGE FAMILY CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “Set on the banks of the famous River Danube, its facilities are infrastructure are second to none and I have no doubt it has the potential to be the leading triathlon training facility in Europe. We’re extremely excited to be working with Stefan and the team at Elements in not only bringing CHALLENGE FAMILY to Slovakia but also brining Elements to the triathlon world. This race truly fits our commitment to exceptional races in iconic destinations.”

Further information on CHALLENGE ŠAMORÍN can be found at Entries will open in early December.



Elements Resort is a multipurpose complex with an area of over 100 hectares, offering excellent conditions for professional and amateur sports, as well as relaxation or congressional tourism. It is open year-round with a selection of events that fulfill the highest requirements of athletes and the wide public. Elements Resort is composed of four primary sectors; Hippo Arena, Aqua Arena, Sport and Hotel, combining top class equestrian, sports, leisure, congress and accommodation facilities of the utmost quality.

Its strategic location in Å amorín makes Elements Resort easily accessible from key European cities. The resort’s proximity to Bratislava (30min.), Vienna (60 min.), Budapest (120 min.) and their airports creates a gateway to the rest of the world. Simultaneously, the picturesque scenery of the Danube riverside provides plenty of peace and tranquility in scenic countryside surroundings.  The combination of top class equestrian, sports, leisure and accommodation facilities with great service and cutting-edge equipment predetermine Elements Resort to become one of the top destinations in the world for organizing significant sports events, camps and competitions on a national and international level. The state-of-the-art facilities approved by international sports federations offer professional conditions for 27 Olympic sport disciplines, creating the ideal setting for enhancing performances of athletes from all over the world playing both individual and team sports. Visitors can indulge in the luxurious wellness center, enjoy a wide array of restaurants, relaxation areas, lounges and recreational zones.

Aqua Arena’s indoor and outdoor pools are designed in accordance with the specifications for organizing professional national and international sports events and competitions. It also serves as a training ground for home and foreign sport clubs and representatives of swimming, water polo, or synchronized swimming with its 25 m indoor pool. The pools are equipped with Omega pace clocks and a warm-up area for swimmers.

Hippo Arena with the area of 379 167 m2 composes the biggest area of the Elements Resort complex. Thanks to its design and professional equipment it’s apt and ready to be the place of organization to the most prestige world equestrian competitions. It simultaneously creates a professional background for riders and their horses and brings ultimate spectator comfort to its guests.

There is always something interesting going on in Elements Resort. It is the perfect place for individuals or the general public wanting to actively spend their free time, for family vacations or for organizing events, conferences and team buildings. The professional team of Elements Resort accommodates every need or want of each customer. It prepares numerous national and international events that stand out with their special atmosphere, diversification and the highest level of service quality, all aiming to provide the guests with unparalleled experiences.




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.