A month after the successful inaugural staging of CHALLENGECAPETOWN, the Mother City’s first middle distance triathlon, the event has won the Best New Race category in the international CHALLENGEFAMILY Awards.
The winners in the 12 awards categories were decided by popular vote, giving race participants the power to rate their race experience. Other categories included Best Fans, Most Family Friendly, Best Swim / Cycle / Run Course, Most Eco-Friendly, and Race of the Year. CHALLENGECAPETOWN was also a finalist in the Most Eco-Friendly category, but narrowly lost to Germany’s CHALLENGEHEILBRONN.
“I was proud and excited to receive the news that we won the Best New Race on the CHALLENGEFAMILY international circuit,” says CHALLENGECAPETOWN’s Race Director, Gary Marescia. “It is a great accolade and testament to the strength of the team that pulled this event together. This prestigious award is also the direct result of the fantastic collaboration between the organising team, Triathlon South Africa and the City of Cape Town. A big thank you goes to the participants who came out and supported the race, as well as to our sponsors who shared our vision to bring middle distance triathlon to Cape Town. We have commenced our event planning for 2020, and are excited to grow CHALLENGECAPETOWN into one of South Africa’s biggest triathlons in the coming years.”
The inaugural CHALLENGECAPETOWN featured a point-to-point race course, starting with a 1.9km Big Bay swim, flat and fast 90km cycle into the CBD, and culminating in a 21km run through the Zonnebloem and District Six precincts. The event was won by Pablo Dapena from Spain, and British pro, Emma Pallant.
CHALLENGECAPETOWN will return to the City on 8 November 2020. Entries have opened, with Early Bird rates available to the first 250 entrants.