Challenge Taiwan – Something for everyone

Thousands of athletes are set to take on Challenge Taiwan on the stunning tropical east coast in Taitung for the Challenge Taiwan festival taking place on the 25th April 2015

While the Challenge Taiwan half Iron-distance event remains the centerpiece of the weekend this year the Challenge family are set to launch the Tri.Asia Olympic distance race for those new to triathlon.

The Olympic distance format is a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, which you can participate in as an individual or part of a relay team with your friends.

The Tri.Asia event offers a great opportunity to anyone wanting to participate and experience the challenge and fun of triathlon. Whether you’re a beginner triathlete, a cyclist, runner or gym enthusiast it is an achievable goal.

The swim is held in a pool-like water reservoir with very clear and calm conditions. The rolling bike course snakes along the oceanfront and the scenic run course takes you through the cultural heart of the city and the many beautiful parks that make up Taitung County. Then you get to experience the amazing atmosphere at the finish line.

For the kids, the festival sees the return of the popular Junior Challenge also on April, 25th – a great opportunity for children to swim and run just for fun!

The event is for children aged 8 to 16 over a tailored safe course suitable for all abilities. The youngsters will be split into three mixed-gender age groups, with each athlete receiving a unique finisher’s t-shirt, medal and trophies awarded to the top three boys and girls in each age category.

The Wish Run is an event sure to bring out our community spirit. It supports our night time Challenge Taiwan participants reach the finish line and helps make dreams come true. The Challenge Charity Run gets underway at 8.00pm and covers the final 5km of the course. Not only will we give our after-dark finishers an encouraging boost, all Charity Run registration fees go directly to a charity organisation. Selling illuminated light-sticks, necklaces and other accessories to light up the night along with a donation station will raise additional funds.

Challenge Taiwan Event Director, Michael Dhulst is delighted to once again deliver an array of festival events specifically aimed at local participation.

“We know from experience that engaging with our community is one of the key factors in the success of events; encouraging locals to take some ownership and have involvement at any level translates into a product Taitung can be proud of.

“The support of our local community is paramount to the ongoing growth and development of this event and why we place a large emphasis on the festival events that are essentially aimed at local participation,” said Mr Dhulst.

Challenge Taiwan Festival is a unique multi-day event jam-packed with fun and activities for the whole family, athletes and spectators to take part and experience.

Challenge Taiwan will be held from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 April 2015. Entries are still available for all events – www.challenge-taiwan.com

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