Challenge Family welcomes a new Long-Distance race on the calendar: Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum (Korea) on Jun. 4, 2023. Earlier this year, the local organization got a first taste of the spectacle when organizing the Middle Distance event, won by Steve McKenna (AUS) and Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS).
The race will kick off on Bieung Beach with a 3800-meter swim through the calm waters of the Yellow Sea. After that, athletes will ride 180 km along the Seamangeum Seawall and island-hop over the Gogunsan Archipelago to Seonyudo Island, before they return for a second lap. The marathon will take athletes through the Seamangeum Project, a reclamation area with a beautiful green waterfront city, which is in complete harmony with nature.
“We’re delighted to work with James and his team to establish the long distance race in Korea on our calendar for 2023″, Challenge Family CEO Jort Vlam said. “Saemangeum is an extraordinary destination in that it is all on unclaimed land and the course, along the world’s longest sea wall, is totally unique. Where else can you race between islands along a fast, smooth highway, surrounded by ocean? We’re extremely grateful to the Gunsan city government and local community for their support.”
“Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum is an event organized by triathletes for triathletes. From all over the world, triathletes who are passionate about the wonderful sport of triathlon are gathering at Gunsan-Saemangeum, the best venue in Asia”, James Lee, Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum’s Race Director, added. “Challenge Family is a real family and, along with a safe and fair race, you will experience the same friendly and welcoming atmosphere here that you experience at any Challenge event around the world.”