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Challenge Family today revealed the prize purse and structure for Feb. 27’s half-iron distance Challenge Dubai, the first race of the 2015 Challenge Triple Crown Series.
Former Ironman 70.3 world champions Leanda Cave and Melissa Hauschildt have committed on the women’s side, and they’ll be joined by other big names Caroline Steffen, Daniela Ryf and Helle Frederickson–who won the big Challenge Bahrain race at the end of 2014.
2013 Kona runner-up Luke McKenzie (AUS) will race in the UAE for the the first time and he’ll face off against Andreas Drietz (GER), Tim Reed (AUS), Pete Jacobs (AUS), Eneko Llanos (ESP) and James Cunnama (RSA). According to the press release, other names will be announced in the coming weeks.
The $300,000 prize purse will be evenly split between men and women, with each winner taking home $65,000.
The breakdown is as follows:
1st – $65,000
2nd – $35,000
3rd – $20,000
4th – $9,000
5th – $6,000
6th – $5,000
7th – $4,000
8th – $3,000
9th – $2,000
10th – $1,000
“We promised to change the face of triathlon for professional and age groups athletes and we are delivering this together with our partners in the Middle East,” Challenge Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik said in the announcement. “It’s a very exciting time and new era for everyone in our sport and we are working hard to make positive changes for the athletes and growth of triathlon globally.”
Following Challenge Dubai, the Triple Crown Series heads to Challenge Oman (date TBD) and concludes at Challenge Bahrain (Dec. 5). Learn more about Challenge Dubai at Challenge-dubai.com.