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In addition to $10,000 of prize money, Challenge Atlantic City winners Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) and Laurel Wassner (USA) were awarded with spots on the start line of Challenge Bahrain and a chance to win the world’s largest half distance prize purse.
The “Royal Package” is presented by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, and will provide the winners with an unrivaled experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The winning athletes will enjoy the royal treatment to the Kingdom of Bahrain featuring a complete package that includes a business class airfare, four nights accommodation at a five star resort, on-call chauffeur for the duration of their stay, free entry to Challenge Bahrain and more.
Both athletes said they are really excited about the opportunity to travel to and race in Bahrain.
“I thought it would be really difficult to get a win and get a ticket to Bahrain but of course I was hoping and it happened!” said Croneborg. “When I heard about Challenge Bahrain I really wanted to go there. I’ve never been to the Middle East and now I’ve got a ticket—I’m really excited to go!
“I never thought I’d ever be going to Bahrain,” said Wassner. “My former boss came from there and so I know about it as she’d talk about it a lot. It sounds like a country that is such a beautiful place and it’s one those places I’ve always wanted to go. Now I’m going there to race and it’s so exciting!”
The half distance Challenge Bahrain point-to-point course is designed to take athletes on a journey through Bahrain’s history, from the high tech future to the roots of this ancient civilization. The course is the most diverse in triathlon, ranging from the world’s most modern architecture to historic mosques and archaeological sites; from the high-speed Formula One racetrack to running with native animals and birds through the Al Areen Wildlife Park.
The inaugural Challenge Bahrain takes place on Dec. 6, 2014 with entries open now at Challenge-bahrain.com.bh.
With the first Royal Packages decided at Challenge Atlantic City (Challengeatlanticcity.com) on 29 June, the next six will be at Challenge Roth, Germany (Challenge-roth.com) on July 20 and the final two at Challenge Gold Coast, Australia (Challenge-goldcoast.com.au) on August 24.