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Itaipu will receive an unprecedented Challenge Family triathlon circuit
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21/02/2017
 
The Itaipu hydroelectric plant, on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, will receive the first binational leg of the Challenge Family triathlon circuit on September 8 and 9, and the first in the world starting in the afternoon and ending at night. 
 
 
Named Itaipu Challenge Sunset, the leg will have five events and 1,300 athletes aged between 7 and 60 and over will be competing.
 
The main event will be the Challenge Half Distance on the 9th (Saturday), with a 1.9 kilometer swimming course (on Itaipu Lake), a 90 kilometer bike course and a 21.1 running course. 
 
Also on Saturday, with starting time at 5pm, the Challenge Sprint Distance event will take place, which will be shorter than the main event – 750 meter swimming course, 20 kilometer bike course and a 5 kilometer running course. In the morning, at 8:30, the Challenge For All will take place, consisting only of a 10 kilometer running course.
 
The other events will be held on Friday: Challenge Junior, starting at 04:00 pm, form children with ages between 7 and 15; and Challenge Women, starting at 5:30 pm, only for women and a 5 kilometer walk or run.
 
Entries will be open on March 1st and can be made on the web (at www.blueticket.com.br), with fees that range from R$ 80 (Women) up to R$ 850 (Half Distance).
 
Responsible for the Latin American circuit, Carlos Fernando Menezes explained that the Challenge Family originated in Germany in 2003 and is currently held in 26 countries in all continents. It is already considered the largest international triathlon event in the current calendar. The circuit came to Brazil in 2014 with an inaugural leg in Florianópolis.
 
Since then, events have also been held in Maceió and Manaus. This year, in addition to Foz, legs in Brasília (Challenge Cerrado, April 23), Maceió (August 20) are planned and closing the circuit, Florianópolis (December 3).
 
Menezes highlighted that the event is focused family, including all ages, various categories and different levels of difficulty. According to him, there are great expectations with the Itaipu leg and it should catch the attention of the entire circuit.
 
“We are going to launch a sunset event, which is unprecedented in the world. Because you will hardly find, in any other place and at night, the same conditions as we have in Itaipu – such as track safety, lighting and visibility”, he added.
 
Itaipu’s Social Communications superintendent, Gilmar Piolla, said that the event is “a partnership that we are establishing to keep this triathlon binational event alive, which is unique in the world and shared between two countries”. “The Challenge has a proposal that better adapts to the characteristics of Itaipu and we still have the possibility of bringing the World Championship in 2018”, he added.
 
Menezes said that US$ 25,000 in prize money will be distributed to the top five in the Challenge Half Distance event, for men and women. The top six of each category in the main event will also secure a place for the circuit’s world championship leg in 2018. 
 
This year the world leg will take place on June 3rd in Slovakia, with a distribution of € 150,000 in prizes. Menezes said that he will defend the coming of the 2018 world championship leg to Itaipu. “The conditions are excellent: we are in a region with a triple border, with very strong tourism”, he said.