The futuristic smart metropolis of Forest City is the latest destination for Challenge Family with today’s announcement of Challenge Malaysia, set for 2 September 2023.
Challenge Malaysia will take place almost entirely within the limits of this fascinating city which stands on reclaimed land across four man-made islands in the warm waters of the Johor Strait, separating Malaysia from Singapore. Fast, smooth roads and tropical jungle and striking modern architecture all feature in this middle distance race and it is conveniently situated just one hour from both Singapore and Johor.
“We are delighted to be back in Malaysia and in partnership with this incredible host city,” said Challenge Family CEO, Jort Vlam. “Forest City is quite unique with its commitment to combining the environment and cutting-edge technology to create an idyllic future-led environment to live and work. We’re looking forward to working with the experienced local team to add world-class triathlon to the mix, making the most of this spectacular setting. Its proximity to both Johor and Singapore means it’s ideally suited for athletes looking for an easy-to-reach tropical triathlon experience.”
“We are eagerly waiting for all the action to start this September. We have set up a
strong organizing team to give athletes the best experience, and everyone is working
hard to make this event unforgettable. We look forward to welcoming triathlon to Forest City, Malaysia!” said Challenge Malaysia Race Director, Aldrian Yeo
The course is designed around spectator enjoyment as well as maximum athlete experience and kicks off with the 1.9km swim off the main beach and with average water temperatures at around 28C, wetsuits can be left at home. The 90km bike course ranges from cityscapes to ocean views to mangrove jungles, all on smooth, fast roads before a half marathon through the futuristic streets of Forest City, finishing in the tropical beachfront setting of the main race hub.
With the flagship middle distance on 2 September, Challenge Malaysia will also host sprint distance and Junior Challenge events on 1 September, providing an inclusive weekend of sport for all ages and abilities.