Challenge: Salvador is your next international triathlon destination

One of the greatest triathlon competitions series in the world, the CHALLENGEFAMILY, is now approaching Salvador, the capital of Bahia. The new race and its usual side events for the entire family will take place in the weekend of October 20 and 21, 2018, at the Itapua area. The middle-distance event, which is totally supported by the local government by means of the tourism company of Salvador (Saultur), the Municipal Secretary of Sports and Leisure (Semtel), and the Triathlon Federation of Bahia (FebaTri), reinforces the sport calendar of the city, and makes Salvador an important destination of sports tourism in Brazil.

In Brazil, CHALLENGEFAMILY has been organizing events for three years, with its triathlon series and street run races. The organisations expect to receive thousands of athletes, from at least 10 different countries such as Italy, EUA, Germany and Argentina.

The middle distance triathlon is the main event, but as in the other races of Challenge Family in Brazil there are other side events happening in the four days of CHALLENGESALVADOR that are dedicated for women, children and for triathlete newbies.

ACM Neto, the mayor of Salvador, believes that the attraction of sports events, as big as CHALLENGEFAMILY events, is essential for the formation of Salvador as a sports events city. “We have a great potential of consumers when the subject is sports. We have a great landscape for the population to practice many different sports, and CHALLENGEFAMILY arrives in a great moment”. The president of Saltur, Isaac Edington says that “Receiving this event is part of our strategy to enhance our position in terms of an important destination of sports in the country”.

For Walter Kraus, president of FeBATri, this is a great achievement and a dream come true for hundreds of local athletes. “Challenge Family is a true festival that overcomes the conceptions of common competitions. The event is a true contemplation to the sport and especially because it involves activities for the entire Family to be part”.

According to the Municipal Secretary of Sports and Leisure (Semtel), Geraldo Júnior, associating sports events with the attraction of tourism and the economic and social development of the city is a great objective. “We know that Salvador is a one of a kind city in terms of the natural resources and the cultural aspect, and we have a great ability to carry out major sports competitions with the potential to further increase the city’s tourist movement”.

According to the coordinator of Challenge Brasil, Carlos Fernando de Menzes, the event arrives in Salvador to show that sport and carnival can be part of one family. “Who can stand the carnival marathon Salvador has, sure is capable to run a triathlon,” says Fernando. The Challenge Family has more than forty events around the world. In Brazil, there are four: Cerrado (Brasília – Abril), Florianópolis (Jurerê Internacional – 2/12), Itaipu (Foz do Iguaçu 1/9) and the newest one of them, in Salvador (October).

The organization and planning for the event has already begun and promises to please the public that comes to participate in the competition. “Salvador has all the conditions to receive the event with all the competence and organization that demands a competition like this. We have expertise in achievements of this magnitude and we are recognized worldwide for this, like the Carnival, the World Cup, among others. I’m sure it will be one of the best organized Challenges Family has in the World, “says Transalvador superintendent Fabrizzio Muller.

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