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2016 Challenge Penticton Adds Cross-Triathlon

Valley First Challenge Penticton today announced changes to the 2016 event as Penticton prepares to host the ITU World Triathlon and Multisport Festival the following year. The 2016 Valley First Challenge Penticton will be run across one single distance; the world long-course championship distance of 3 km swim, 120 km bike and 30 km run. There remains both individual and relay events over the new format.

The 2016 edition of Valley First Challenge Penticton will be expanded to incorporate the Canadian cross-triathlon, duathlon and aquathon championships across a five-day festival. Each of the four national championships will act as a qualifying event for the respective world championship, which will be held the following year in Penticton.

The 2017 ITU Triathlon and Multisport Festival is a 10-day event incorporating the world championships for four of the sports disciplines. The event is expected to attract as many as 4,000 athletes from across the globe.

“Our 2016 race will be the ultimate preparation event for athletes looking to race the world championships in Penticton just 12 months later,” said Michael Brown, co-race director, Valley First Challenge Penticton. “It will be an exciting week as thousands of athletes descend upon the city to test themselves on the world championship course and race other athletes for spots on the national team.”

“Triathletes coming to experience the legendary Valley First Challenge Penticton course bring economic activity to our community, which is a big part of our sports tourism strategy and a chance to showcase our region as a premier destination to invest, relax, train and play,” said Andrew Jakubeit, Penticton Mayor.

“Challenge Family’s first commitment is to the athletes, and this requires flexibility according to changing environments and markets,” said Zibi Szlufcik, CEO, Challenge Family. We’re delighted to support the Valley First Challenge Penticton team and the wonderful Penticton community in delivering a successful ITU world championships in 2017.”

Registration for next year’s individual or team relay event is open now! Complete your entry at package pickup or the info booth at the Athlete Village. To save time at registration; download, print and complete this registration form. Payment will be taken on site by credit card.

Full details of next year’s new events; together with qualifying information; and registration for cross-triathlon, duathlon and aquathon national championships will open soon at challenge-penticton.com.

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Founder and Editor at dirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 15 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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