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The Challenge Family announced today that registration for the inaugural Challenge Bahrain has closed with a sold-out field. The press release says that the Dec. 6 race will welcome over 1,000 age-group athletes from 51 countries. The event will also see one of the most competitive professional fields of the year, thanks to a $500,000 prize purse.
Both 2014 Ironman world champions Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Sebastian Kienle (GER) will make the starts. They’ll be joined by Rachel Joyce (GBR), Caroline Steffen (SUI), Pete Jacobs (AUS) and Jan Frodeno (GER). Overall, there will be more than 80 professionals competing at the half-iron distance race.
The action Challenge Bahrain will be shown around the world over the internet in a live broadcast commentated by two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack and Oliver Wilson, and will be directed by the multiple Emmy Award-winning Peter Henning.
“Challenge Bahrain is the largest single distance race in the region and it firmly puts Bahrain on the triathlon map,” Challenge Family CEO Zibi Szlufci said in a press release. “We know athletes are going to be blown away by the warm Bahrain welcome, along with the high calibre of this event. We are also extremely happy to see so many locals taking part, many for the first time–the future of triathlon is looking good!”
Learn more and follow the action on race day at Challenge-bahrain.com.bh.