Challenge Family Announces Challenge Iceland

With the title of the "world‘s northernmost half distance race," the event will take place in the stunning "Bay of Whales."

Photo: Picasa

Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.

The Challenge Family today announced Challenge Iceland, set to take place on July 23, 2016.

With the title of the “world‘s northernmost half distance race,” the event will take place in the stunning “Bay of Whales.” The athletes will swim in an untouched crystal clear glacial lake left by the glacial melt of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago and run and bike in the picturesque, diverse fjord landscape.

“The idea started with a vision of a long course race with an open water swim since the races in Iceland have almost all been in pools due to cold water. Our race has grown successfully from the first races and now we are extremely proud of being selected to the Challenge Family,” said Vidar Bragi Thorsteinsson, the founder of the race.

“Iceland is one of those magical countries and its beauty is out of this world,” said Challenge Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “Challenge Family’s commitment to providing iconic races in iconic destinations that stand apart in terms of quality makes Iceland the perfect Challenge race destination and Vidar and his team the perfect partners. We are very much looking forward to introducing more people to this spectacular part of the world.”

The 1.9km swim course takes place in a crystal clean fresh water in a glacial lake, and the one loop 90km bike race with rolling hills and short climbs in the old main road is one the most iconic bike routes in Iceland. Another beautiful country road with long hills will be the scene for the 21.1 km run course.

Learn more at

Read the complete press release at

RELATED: Challenge Family Announces Challenge Aruba

Jan Frodeno Reflects on His Final Ironman World Championship

Immediately after finishing 24th place at his final Ironman World Championships, the Olympic medalist (and three-time IMWC winner) explains what his race in Nice meant to him.