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Challenge Salou joins forces to make it a success

The triathlon of Salou consolidates its international prestige with a spectacular team of triathletes from 32 countries.

The III edition of the "Challenge Salou" will kick off this Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 a.m. on the Levante beach in the capital of the Costa Dorada where the triathletes will start swimming to complete the 113 kilometers of the route that form the distances of swimming, cycling and running. 1.050 triathletes will participate in the triathlon that closed its registrations in advance 15 days before the event, thus exceeding all expectations.

The Challenge Salou has presented its latest details today at a press conference at the Chalet Torremar, headquarters of the Tourist Board, where the Councilor for Sports, Mr. Daniel López, attended: the race director, Juanan Fernández and the professional triathlete, Dolça Ollé.

The director of the race, Juanan Fernández, explained the how and why of the changes to which the organization has been forced the last weeks due to the lack of a single favorable report from the Ministry of Public Works to be able to carry out the cycling test on the A7, "which has been processed as in the last 3 years, but which this year has been denied." In this sense, he thanked the efforts of the technicians from the City Council and the Generalitat as well as the Local Police and Mossos d'Esquadra, among others, to be able to save the circuit, knowing that "perhaps it is not the most attractive but we have decided Let's all go ahead with this international test."

Presentation CHallenge Salou

“The affectation of mobility for the population is disproportionate because although before all the cyclists would go out on a blog around seven in the morning and return in a maximum space of two hours, now, with the new route, until practically 13, 30h Salou will be divided and with road traffic problems.

 

News conference

Salou, sports destination

For his part, the Councilor for Sports, Daniel López, stated that “the inconveniences and problems of this year are sure that both Salou and the Challenge brand will come out stronger and the next edition will surely be held again in Salou. It is a world-class test and for us it is very important because it generates a million euros in return to the municipality ". López, added that "the changes in the test have led us to work against the clock that has forced a maximum involvement of the Local Police who will also be on the day of the test working with all the troops to try to minimize the effects of the mobility, as well as guarantee the safety of triathletes.

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The race will be attended by 40 international triathletes of first level, among which stand out; the Spanish, Iñaki Baldellou (current champion of the test), Miquel Blanchart, Iván Álvarez, Pablo Dapena, the German Jan Raphael, the swiss Csoke Balazs, the British David Mcnamee, the Czech Simona Krivankova, The English Katherine Jameson, the Spanish Sara Loher, Laura Gomez y María Pujol, current champion of Spain of the distance.

The Vallenca triathlete and current Spanish long-distance champion, Dolça Ollé will put the local touch on a very international poster; “I am very happy to be able to participate one more year in a Challenge test, close to home, and with the confidence that the alternative circuit that the organization of Challenge Salou offers us as an athlete. I am sure that the change has been made in the best way and knowing that it is a closed circuit that helps us athletes to give everything, with maximum security”. 

25.000 € in prizes

The competition will distribute 25.000 euros in prizes among the fastest participants. The winners of the event, both male and female, will be bagged 3.200 euros each. 

The five best triathletes of the general and of age groups will get a place for The Championship, the Challenge Family World Championship that will be held the following week in Slovakia and that will have an 150.000 € prize pool.

Breakfast Run

The 27 Saturday in May will be the turn of the Breakfast Run, the charity race of Challenge Salou. A race of 4 km ideal to stretch the legs the previous day and to run as a family on the Jaume I ride. The proceeds of the race will go to the Association Oncològica Dr.Amadeu Pelegrí, who works to finance projects in the fight against Cancer.

· The Salou triathlon consolidates its international prestige with a spectacular team of triathletes from 32 countries.

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