Earlier this week, Challenge Family already announced Challenge Puerto Varas in Chile as a new addition to their race offerings, but today the next new race was added to the 2022 calendar: Challenge Malta. The Middle Distance will first take place on May 15, 2022.
With over 3000 hours of sun every year, Malta is the perfect destination for triathletes. Add a nice Mediterranean vibe, a beautiful surrounding with rocky coastlines, beautiful beaches and crystal clear water, and you have all the ingredients for a special event.
“Malta is eager to welcome Challenge Family to the island,” Race Director Charlie Demanuele said. “Although small, Malta ticks so many boxes for triathletes wanting a scenic yet challenging and spectator-friendly route, good weather and the friendliest of welcomes. We are sure Challenge Malta will be the most memorable of races.”
“Malta is famous for its amazing climate and breathtaking landscapes, as well as its rich and varied culture – what better destination for athletes looking to combine a remarkable race experience with a trip to remember,” Challenge Family CEO Jort Vlam states. “When considering new race destinations, Challenge Family always looks beyond a stunning course and expert organization to what else can enhance the athlete experience – and Malta can do that in bucket loads! We’re very much looking forward to working with Charlie and his team, along with the Malta authorities, to share this incredible country with the international triathlon community and their families.”
Athletes will swim 1900 meters in the crystal clear waters of Golden Bay at Malta’s northwest coast. According to Blue Flag certificate, the beach belongs to the most beautiful in the world. The 90-km bike ride will run right across the island, from west to east and back. On their way, athletes will pass rough landscapes and rural coastlines, among them the famous Salina coastal route. When back in Golden Bay, participants will change their bike for running shoes and run 21.1 km until they finish in the historic town of Sliema.