The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) just announced that it will partner with Challenge Gdasnk and provide pro triathletes an additional 13,000 euros of prize money in addition to the 19,000 euros that was available. The inaugural Challenge Gdansk (Poland) takes place on Jun. 20, 2021.
Along with the additional prize money, the PTO will provide media and marketing support to showcase the event. In addition to the chance to earn extra points for the Collins Cup there, will also be an automatic qualification spot.
PTO’s Executive Chairman, Charles Adamo, is happy to finally see races happening again: “Throughout the pandemic it has been incredible for the PTO to work with supportive race operators and national governing bodies as our triathlon community joins together to weather the storm. If our sport stands for anything, it is the ability to overcome adversity, not succumb to it. The commitment of Triathlon Poland and race directors like Adam Greczyło of Challenge Gdansk demonstrates that united our sport will not be defeated.”
“I am delighted that after almost six months of planning that we can announce a co-operation between the PTO and Challenge Gdansk for the first time in Polish triathlon history,” says Challenge Gdansk Race Director Adam Greczylo. “I am sure that PTO Professionals will enjoy our fast course with its breath-taking finish at the Gdansk Brzeźno Pier.”
As its main event, the middle distance race at Challenge Gdansk is flat and fast. Athletes start their race from a beach at the Baltic Sea. The bike course includes three fast laps where athletes pass, among other things, the Energa Stadion, which was used during the EURO2012 soccer tournament, and the famous tunnel under the Vistula river. The run course takes athletes along the beautiful Gdansk beach, with a spectacular finish at the Gdansk Prior Pier.