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Rising to the Challenge
When? December 6
Event? Challenge Bahrain International Championship
Venue? Across Bahrain

Challenge Bahrain, one of the Kingdom’s most eagerly anticipated sporting events, is edging closer and triathlon fans on the island are counting down the days.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, a man or a woman, a sportsman or a spectator. This month Challenge Bahrain is making its mark as the largest single-race participation event in the Middle East, putting Bahrain firmly on the international triathlon map.

Athletes from 51 countries, including many of the sport’s biggest names, will make triathlon history at the event that aims to set new standards for the sport and is offering a record-breaking prize purse of USD500,000 (BD188,514).

The field will bring together world and Olympic champions along with some of the greatest names in triathlon such as Mirinda Carfrae (Australia), Sebastian Kienle (Germany), Rachel Joyce (Great Britain), Caroline Steffen (Switzerland) and Jan Frodeno (Germany) as part of the 80-strong pro field. Athletes categorised into a number of age groups will be joining them including many local Bahrainis competing for the first time over the half distance. The Challenge Bahrain prize purse is evenly split between men and women with each winner taking home USD100,000 (BD37,700).

With Middle East fast becoming an emerging region in triathlon, Challenge Bahrain has also allocated smaller amounts, of up to USD3,000 (BD1,131), to athletes of all ages and both genders from Bahrain and the GCC, to encourage local participation.

Relay teams from Bahrain and the GCC as well as international teams will be rewarded for their participation in keeping with Challenge Family’s ethos of inclusiveness.

The first place team will walk away with USD2,000 (BD754.200), the second place winners with USD1,500 (BD565.650), third with USD1,000 (BD377.100), fourth with USD500 (BD188.550) and fifth with USD250 (BD94.2750).

The same prize breakdown will apply for Bahraini relay teams (female/male/mixed), GCC nationals (female/male) and the top five relay teams.

Athletes of all ages and abilities will embark on a journey through Bahrain’s history from its 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 action from Challenge Bahrain will be shown around the world over the Internet in a live broadcast with commentary by multiple world champion Chris McCormack and Oliver Wilson. The start gun is set to go off at 7.30am and live coverage will be broadcast online.