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11 days for the Doñana Challenge

The next September 21 will be held in Sanlúcar de Barrameda the X edition of the Doñana Challenge, a competition with the change of disciplines as its hallmark

Just 10 days after the race, the organization is already preparing everything for the day of the competition

His route, his hallmark, 100 km cycling, 1 km swimming and 30 km running

The main characteristic of Doñana Challenge is order of disciplines with which the test is disputed, since it varies from a normal triathlon.


The competition begins with the cycling segment in a Platoon start and drafting allowed on a very fast 100 km circuit where last year an average of 40 km / hour was reached.

The test will begin at the Bajo de Guía Beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. During the neutralized start, the cyclist squad will roll for several kilometers through the town that houses the mouth of the Guadalquivir.

From this point the official start of the race will take place, in which 100 km by bicycle will be completed, passing through Trebujena, Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, Rota, Chipiona and Sanlúcar de Barrameda again.

Gps Track available in .GPX format HERE


Once the bicycle section is finished, participants must swim 1 kilometer and cross the Guadalquivir river to Punta de Malandar, in the Doñana National Park, thus linking the sporting event to the provinces of Cádiz and Huelva, one of the main reasons for the origin of the Doñana Challenge.

The mouth of the Guadalquivir presents a curious mixture of fresh and salt water tides, which make it very characteristic and spectacular for sports.

Although the short distance makes this segment seem like the most affordable in the test, it can be the most complicated depending on the tides. However, although in some editions, the swimming step has been carried out as in a swimming pool, in other cases, the Guadalquivir currents have played tricks.

The average temperature of the water in summer is between 19,5 and 22 degrees. According to the test regulations, the wetsuit is optional.


Undoubtedly the true uniqueness of the test is the foot race that runs entirely through the virgin beach of the Doñana National Park, the largest ecological reserve in Europe and Heritage from 1994, and where the test name derives from.

It is without a doubt the hardest part of the test. Triathletes face a straight line of beach of 15 kilometers, without any type of building or urban element, only sand dunes and vegetation on one side, and the vastness of the ocean on the other. It is therefore fundamental mental resistance in addition to physical, keeping in mind that you have to do the same route back to complete the 30 kilometers of this segment.

The goal is located on the beach of Punta de Malandar, where athletes are offered a first recovery supply and from there they move again to Sanlúcar de Barrameda where the rest area with food, drinks, showers and changing rooms is located. and massage service

More information: https://www.desafiodonana.com


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