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Nusajaya to host Malaysia’s first Challenge Family triathlon

Posted on: Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Award-winning Malaysian city, Nusajaya was today announced as Challenge Family’s latest destination in Asia. CHALLENGENUSAJAYA will feature a festival of triathlon over multiple distances with the flagship half distance event taking place on 13 August 2016.

A new city, Nusajaya boasts sports and recreation hubs, education communities, as well as business and retail opportunities. The main venue for the start, finish and transition areas of the race is Puteri Harbour – an international marina that offers accommodation, dining and entertainment options for the whole family.

Nusajaya’s proximity to Singapore and Johor Bahru, offers easy access via two international airports – Senai International Airport in Johor and Changi International Airport in Singapore –as well as road and rail travel between Johor and Singapore, and other cities in Malaysia.

The 1.9km course in the warm waters of the southern part of the Straits of Malacca that forms the border between Malaysia and Singapore. The swimmers will be protected from the open sea as the start and finish will be within Puteri Harbour Marina. A specially built transition area will allow racers to move easily from their swim to the bike course, and then to the run course.

The 90km, double loop that will take riders around the Medini area which boasts its newly-built EduCity and Johor’s sports hub constructed while maintaining the natural tropical environment of the state. Riders will also pass Legoland Malaysia, along undulating roads with low rise and fall that will offer cyclists a more exciting ride and the chance to clock better times.

A double loop 21km course, along flat, tree-lined streets that surround Johor’s new administrative centre featuring a collection of architecturally aesthetic structures surrounded by natural green landscapes ideal for outdoor sports. The race will end at Puteri Harbour Marina promenade where fans and family will be waiting to cheer their loved ones to the finish line.

“As the first international triathlon event in the Challenge Family series to be held here, Challenge Nusajaya 2016 is expected to pave the way for many more such competitions. The city has been built to provide competition and training opportunities to athletes from all over the world and will continue to be improved to meet the international standards of a triathlon venue on a more permanent basis,” said Keld Kristiansen, Executive Chairman of Carbon Worldwide Sdn Bhd the event organizer of Challenge Nusajaya 2016.

Marcus Altmann, CHALLENGEFAMILY Asia Pacific CEO, said CHALLENGENUSAJAYA was perfectly placed for the established Singapore triathlon market as well as Malaysia with its fast course and multitude of family activities.

“Nusajaya is an amazing destination. It has won the prestigious FIABCI Prix d’Excellence for its design and is home to family favourites such as Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty and a host of theme parks, water sports facilities as well as great bars and restaurants. Combining all this with the Malay culture and climate makes this the perfect race destination with its fast flat course.”

CHALLENGENUSAJAYA will take place on 13 August 2016 with half and Olympic distance races, Junior Challlenge Nusajaya and Challenge Women. Further information and entries are available at www.challenge-nusajaya.com.


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