Top International Pro Field starts CHALLENGE Salou

Friday 05 April 2019
CHALLENGE SALOU will feature a spectacular professional field on Sunday April 07. "It´s my third year to compete in CHALLENGE SALOU and for sure this edition will be the toughest one with this awesome pro list. I am exited to compare my level with these strong guys after a long winter training and I am aiming for the first place!", says last year´s runner up Pablo Dapena, who is highly motivated to face top athletes such as Pieter Heemeryck, winner of the inaugural CHALLENGE DAYTONA in 2018, Boris Stein from Germany and Daniel Baekkegard from Denmark.

On the women´s side Daniela Bleymehl, CHALLENGE ROTH Champion of 2018, is ready to have a first hard test of the early triathlon season. "I am really looking forward to the start of the season after more than six months without racing. My preparation has been very good and especially in the last weeks of training I could gain confidence for the season. This race is going to be a good test to see where I am right now", says Bleymehl. She will face major competitors with Judith Corachan (ESP) and Margie Santimaria (ITA) who also return to Salou after their first and third place in 2018.

After closing registrations on February 22, CHALLENGE SALOU underlines its international prestige with a spectacular field of triathletes from 40 countries and 78 professional triathletes who will take part in the PRO start list.

The event will have a total of 1050 participants who will swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and run 21.1km in HALF and HALF RELAY distances; and swim 1,9km, cycle 60km and run 11km in the SHORT distance. With a fast 3 laps cycling and a running course along the promenade, the race will be right in the spotlight of the Costa Daurada. In addition, the race can be followed on streaming through the official social networks. What makes the race even more attractive is its 25,000 Euros of price money and the chance to qualify for THE CHAMPIONSHIP to be held in Samorin, Slovakia, this June 2.
 
The Festival: Activities all Weekend long

Beyond the HALF distance triathlon, CHALLENGE SALOU presents The Festival, an offer of activities so that families can also live a unique experience and enjoy this wonderful sport that merges family and sport. Starting of on Friday April 5 afternoon a "Meet & Greet" will be held with the best professional athletes of CHALLENGESALOU. On Saturday, April 6, in the morning it will be the turn for the swim test "Open Water", the 4km family friendly "Breakfast Run" and the "Junior Challenge", the foot race of the youngest. Later on Saturday, the "Pasta Party" and the "Challenge Women" will complete the offer of activities before the big race is coming up on Sunday.

About CHALLENGE SALOU
CHALLENGE SALOU is the main international triathlon event of the Costa Daurada area, in Catalonia, Spain, with more than 1,500 participants and 7 different races. From the 5th to the 7th of April 2019, CHALLENGE SALOU offers the opportunity to swim on a beach with shallow waters and views that reach the Delta de l'Ebre and Serra de la Mussara, to get an amazing average speed on the cycling course and to enjoy the run along the charming Costa Daurada and the fantastic warmth of its audience. In addition to the Half, Half Relay and Short races, different activities turn the weekend in Salou into a real party for the whole family.

About CHALLENGE FAMILY
Based in Amberg, Germany, CHALLENGE FAMILY is the leading global triathlon festival race series. With over 40 races annually across 26 host countries, CHALLENGE FAMILY is the fastest growing mass endurance triathlon brand in the world. CHALLENGE FAMILY offers “events for everyone” with a “festival character,” so that everyone can share in the triathlon experience, from professionals to age-groupers.

FEMALE PRO:
1 Judith Corachán Vaquera ES
2 Margie Santimaria IT
3 Daniela Bleymehl DE
4 Helene Alberdi ES
5 Saleta Castro ES
6 DOLÇA Olle Gatell ES
7 Alexandra TONDEUR BE
8 Candice Mizon FR
9 Claire Hann GB
10 Eleanor Haresign GB
11 Elisabetta Curridori IT
12 Hana Kolarova CZ
13 Helle Frederiksen DK
14 Karen Steurs BE
15 Katrien Verstuyft BE
16 Kimberley Morrision GB
17 Maja Stage Nielsen DK
18 Pleuni Hooijman NL
19 Simona Krivankova CZ
20 Aleksandra Jedrzejewska PL
21 Paulina Kotfica PL
22 Tine Deckers BE
23 Gemma Frost GB

MALE PRO:
25 Pablo Dapena González ES
26 Francesc Godoy ES
27 Nan Oliveras Font ES
28 Emilio Aguayo Muñoz ES
29 Iñaki Baldello Verdejo ES
30 Albert Moreno molins ES
31 Vicenç Castellà Serra ES
32 JULEN DIEZ RODRIGUEZ ES
33 ADUR ESKISABEL DE JUAN ES
34 Oscar Martínez Castro ES
35 Jordi Montraveta Moya ES
36 Kacper Adam PL
38 Maciej Bodnar PL
39 Tomasz Brembor PL
40 Robert Budai RO
41 Mattia Ceccarelli IT
42 Denis CHEVROT FR
43 Antony COSTES FR
44 Thomas Davis GB
45 Amaury Dehez FR
46 Benjamin FERAUD FR
47 Stenn Goetstouwers BE
48 George Goodwin GB
49 Romain GUILLAUME FR
50 Samir Hadad DZ
51 Pieter Heemeryck BE
52 Sander Heemeryck BE
53 Markus Hörmann DE
54 Lukasz Kalaszczynski PL
55 Ondrej Kubo SK
56 Sergiy Kurochkin UA
57 Jackson Laundry CA
58 Marcin Lawicki PL
59 Christopher Declan Mintern IE
60 Julian Mutterer DE
61 Colin Norris GB
62 Jesper Nybo Riis DK
63 Nicklas Nygaard DK
64 Seppe Odeyn BE
65 Mauro Pera IT
66 Mathias Petersen DK
67 Sam Proctor GB
68 Sebastien Rodriguez FR
69 Maxime Sauve FR
70 Denis Sketako SI
71 Petr Soukup CZ
72 Boris Stein DE
73 Thomas Strange DK
74 László Tarnai HU
75 Marc Unger DE
76 Tjardo Visser NL
77 Sam Wade GB
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