Sam Long on Challenge Puerto Varas: “One of the best races I have ever done”

(Photo: Sam Long Instagram)

America’s Sam Long is on a roll: after winning Clash Miami last week, he flew down south for Challenge Puerto Varas and added the second win of 2022 to his list. In the women’s race, it was America’s Haley Chura who took the day.

“Two for the year”, Long refers to his winning strike. “This was a challenging and beautiful course. My development as an athlete has progressed as I had hoped. It was great to showcase that. Challenge Puerto Varas was one of the best races I have ever done. The culture, hospitality, beauty and laid back nature of the town makes me want to come back.”

“Hard courses are awesome”

“Hard courses are awesome”, Long says about the racecourse. “Swim, bike, and run – all had a long and hard course. I far prefer a hard ‘slow course’ over a sexy fast one. Challenge Puerto Varas had the goods.”

“It must be the cheers”

“Surprise. I won Challenge Puerto Varas”, Chura stated after her victory. “South America really brings out my best”, she says, referring to South American races like Ironman 70.3 Bariloche and Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires that she won too. “It must be the cheers and volcano views”, she continues. “This whole trip has been an adventure. Congrats to all who raced.”