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Challenge Family arrives in Norway with Challenge Tønsberg

Posted on: Tuesday 10th November 2015

With 47 full and half distance races in 23 countries, CHALLENGEFAMILY is almost everywhere these days, and now Norway is the next step in the expansion of this fast growing triathlon series.

The Norwegian region Tønsberg – also known as the “vibrant pearl along the coast line” will act as the scenery of this half distance race. On August 27th 2016, the first finishers ever in a Norwegian CHALLENGEFAMILY race will cross the finish line in the beautiful and idyllic Rosanes Park.

The team behind CHALLENGETØNSBERG is a triathlon-experienced pack counting the organizers of CHALLENGEDENMARK BYTRI Tønsberg, Hove Tri and TriQuart. CEO at CHALLENGEDENMARK, Claus Vesterby, is looking forward to contributing with his experience from the races in Denmark, when building up CHALLENGETØNSBERG next summer.

“The combination of our team from CHALLENGEDENMARK and the Norwegian team seems like the perfect match. We know what it takes to arrange a CHALLENGEFAMILY race and the Norwegian team knows what it takes to build up a race in Norway,” Claus Vesterby explains.

CEO at CHALLENGEFAMILY, Zibi Szlufcik, also believes that the combination of international experience and local knowledge is what is needed to make CHALLENGETØNSBERG a success.

“After our success in Denmark, we are delighted to add, together with our team from Denmark and local Team from Tønsberg, a new race in Scandinavia, taking the CHALLENGEFAMILY experience to Norway and the historic town of Tønsberg in the greater Oslo area. CHALLENGEFAMILY is all about the athlete, about having iconic races in great destinations and Tønsberg is perfect with its breathtaking scenery, fiords and strong viking heritage. We very much look forward to working with the Tønsberg community to deliver Norway’s premier half distance race on 27 August 2016,” he said.

Race director at CHALLENGETØNSBERG, Frank Pedersen, knows the region and the Norwegian triathlon world better than most others. “It’s long been our wish to expand triathlon in the Tønsberg region, and with the announcement of CHALLENGETØNSBERG our dream has finally become a reality. At BYTRI Tønsberg we’ve been pioneers when it comes to organizing triathlons in the middle of a city, and we can’t wait to show athletes from all over the world how great it is to race here.”

The team behind CHALLENGETØNSBERG believes that the combination of the stunning Norwegian nature and the historic town of Tønsberg is exactly what will make athletes travel from across the world to participate in this inaugural Norwegian CHALLENGEFAMILY race.

From fjord to mountain. A demanding road along the beautiful Norwegian fjords, visiting two islands and over the famous little mountain -Slottsfjellet. Islands Nøtterøy and Tjøme is Norway’s answer to Florida and in the summertime it is resident for 10 thousands of tourists who come out to their huts. The route goes over bridges and along fjords. Into Færder National park and into Bird Sanctuary and the route’s variation is unique. Triathletes will be challenged in a technically difficult but scenic swim, bike and running course.

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