CHALLENGE FAMILY ANNOUNCES THIRD U.S. EVENT TO 2014 CALENDAR

Challenge NA Logo NO DATE_REVNew Albany, Ohio – Global long-distance triathlon series Challenge Family has announced the launch of Challenge New Albany, located in New Albany, Ohio just a fifteen minute drive from Ohio’s capital city of Columbus, taking place on July 26-27.

The third U.S. event of the globally expanding Challenge Family series of events, Challenge New Albany has an entire weekend of racing for the entire family. The race weekend gets started on Saturday, July 26 with a Junior Challenge Kidz Triathlon and theChallenge Women’s Triathlon all in downtown New Albany, Ohio. The Challenge New Albany weekend culminates with Sunday’s Challenge Half and Olympic distance triathlons featuring a unique point-to-point course that starts at Alum Creek State Park and finishes in downtown New Albany.

Participants will be treated to a swim course in the calm waters of Alum Creek Lake. From there, they will cycle on a flat to sometimes rolling bike course through eastern Delaware County, Sunbury, and a tour of Licking County before finally arriving in downtown New Albany, where transition No. 2 is located.  Challenge New Albany is capped off by the half marathon run that starts in New Albany’s Market Square and meanders along a picturesque course through residential neighborhoods of stately Georgian homes surrounded by meadows, woodlands and waterways. Nearly all the run course will be on New Albany’s leisure trail with spectacular views.

New-Albany-Coffee-ShopNew Albany’s preserved wooded areas and scenic vistas, timeless Georgian architecture, abundant parkland, world-class golf and trademark white horse fences create an atmosphere of beauty and country club panache. But a closer inspection of New Albany reveals a community with a strong commitment to education, the arts, the environment, health and wellness, and technology. These community pillars work together to create a truly inspiring standard of living.

New Albany, Ohio, is a small city that thinks big and delivers. Just ten minutes from Port Columbus International Airport, and within 500 miles of half the United States and Canadian populations, New Albany is an inspiring mix of attentiveness, location and amenities.

Challenge New Albany is a result of a strategic partnership with the Midest’s premier triathlon promoter, Shannon Kurek from HFP Racing, along with the host partner of the event, Healthy New Albany.

“Healthy New Albany is pleased and honored to be selected as the host partner for the 2014 Challenge – New Albany.  As New Albany is taking steps toward becoming a national model for how a city develops and promotes a culture of health, the Challenge will serve as one example of a community event that emphasizes the impact of physical activity and sport on well-being.”, said Dr. Philip Heit, Founder Healthy New Albany

“We are extremely proud to partner with New Albany to bring another Challenge Family race to North American athletes, further building on our presence in the USA with a new long distance triathlon experience,” said Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshöfer. “With its commitment to quality and a healthy and active lifestyle the community of New Albany echoes Challenge Family’s values perfectly. The course is stunning and the triathlon festival nature of the event ensures total inclusiveness for everyone, from juniors, to those just starting out to accomplished athletes. I’m sure it will attract athletes and their families from far and wide, including some of the biggest names in the sport.”

General entries of the inaugural Challenge New Albany on July 26-27, 2014 will open at 7pm EST on Thursday, February 13 atwww.Challenge-NewAlbany.com. Additional event information can be found at Twitter: @challengenatri and Facebook:www.Facebook.com/ChallengeNewAlbany

The Challenge Family series of triathlons now features 25 full and half distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and home to both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia and North America have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For further information on Challenge Family visit www.challenge-family.com.

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Major Race Announcement Coming Thursday, February 13th!

EnduranceSportsExpoLogo13We’re excited to announce that on Thursday, February 13th during the Endurance Sports Expo at the The Athletic Club of Columbus at 7:00pm will be the official announcement. Come join us as we reveal all the exciting details of this July 26-27 event and get a chance to win some great prizes and a FREE race entry. The Endurance Sports Expo opens at 6:15pm and goes until 8:00pm. Those that join us at the expo or follow us live on Facebook during the announcement will receive a special code for 25% off when registering on February 13th or 14th before general registration opens on February 15th.

RacePenguinLogoMeet Matt and Blake from Race Penguin the official race timer for all HFP Racing events in 2014. Check out the new technology and experience the Race Results Kiosk for yourself at the HFP Racing booth.  Blake and Matt started RacePenguin in an effort to combine their shared passion for philanthropy and their love of competitive sports. As the idea developed for a company that focused on racing for a cause, they realized that what race directors need is a relationship-based, comprehensive solution to help maximize the vast potential of their race.

Go-Fast-logoAs if this race announcement was not exciting enough, don’t miss the Go Fast Multisport Super Mega Awesomeness Annual Sale…say that five times fast!  This annual sale is this Saturday from Noon to 8:00pm.  Check out the sale details here.

HFP Racing February News

EnduranceSportsExpoLogo13We’ve been teasing you about a major announcement coming for the last couple of months. We’re excited to announce that on Thursday, February 13th during the Endurance Sports Expo at the The Athletic Club of Columbus at 7:00pm will be the official announcement. Come join us as we reveal all the exciting details of this July 26-27 event and get a chance to win some great prizes and a FREE race entry. The Endurance Sports Expo opens at 6:15pm and goes until 8:00pm. Those that join us at the expo or follow us live on Facebook during the announcement will receive a special code for 25% off when registering on February 13th or 14th before general registration opens on February 15th.

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ARE YOU READY TO BRING IT?
Season-OpenerTriATH_DuATH_MiamiJoin us on April 12, 2014 at 7:00am for our 9th annual Triathlon (and now duathlon) on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The race features a distance short enough for that early-season race. Take on the course alone or team up with friends as a 3-person team. A sprint triathlon is perfect for your first triathlon or just another notch on your fuel belt. [GET REGISTERED]

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Friday, April 11 — Packet Pickup MU Rec Center (4:00pm–10:00pm)
  • Saturday, April 12 — MU Triathlon & Duathlon: 400m Swim/5k Run — 20k Bike — 5k Run

START TIMES

  • 7:00am — Time trial start based on estimated 400 meter swim time
  • 7:00am — Start of ALL Duathletes

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Miami University Recreation Center

  • Friday, April 11 from 4:00pm–10:00pm
  • Saturday, April 12 from 5:30am–6:45am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!
[GET REGISTERED]

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OblenessNew_logo_2014The O’Bleness Health System is teaming up with the Ohio University Sports Administration Program and Athletes in Action to host the 3rd annual O’Bleness Health System Race For a Reason on April 26th. With the goal of raising $60,000 for charities and organizations and hosting over 800 participants, the O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason is becoming the largest charity-based race event Athens has ever seen. [GET REGISTERED]

The O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason offers three distinct events:

33rd OU HCOM Medicine Run 5K presented by Diagnostic Hybrids: A traditional 5K run that will start adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #134. This course winds through scenic Emeriti Park and the Ohio University campus before intersecting with the Hocking Adena Bikeway. Competitors will enjoy views of the Hocking River and Ohio University Golf Course before finishing at TailGreat Park across from the Ohio University Convocation Center.  [GET REGISTERED]

ROCKY Military Mud Run powered by OU ROTC: A 4.5 mile non-traditional run also starts adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #134. Runners will cross the Hocking River over the Richland Avenue Bridge, pass through the Richland Avenue Park, and travel down Diary Barn Lane before heading up to the ROTC Challenge course in the Ridges. Competitors will encounter obstacles throughout the course before heading down to a slip-n-slide finish line at TailGreat Park.  [GET REGISTERED]

Athletes in Action Triathlon & Duathlon: A short sprint format (Triathlon: 500 meter Swim, 25k Bike, 5k Run: Duathlon 5k-Run, 25k-Bike, 5k-Run) that begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center for the triathlon and in the transition area for the Duathlon. The bike route takes competitors out of town on a challenging course before returning to campus to complete a 5k run with a finish at TailGreat Park. Participants can choose to race alone, or team up with friends, family, or co-workers and enter as a three-person relay.  [GET REGISTERED]

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