Race organisers Challenge Family have confirmed that they are hosting a closed Pro Athlete Forum for athletes racing Challenge Bahrain next month, in which they will be invited to discuss key elements of the sport in a relaxed environment.
An incredible field of athletes has been assembled for the middle distance race (1.9km swim/90km bike/21.1km run), including both Ironman Hawaii 2014 winners Sebastian Kienle and Mirinda Carfrae, as well as top Brits like Jodie Stimpson and Rachel Joyce, and other big names likes Pete Jacobs, Caroline Steffen and Jan Frodeno.
Challenge recently organised a global survey asking age-groupers what they think of pro athletes, and found that they are an essential part of triathlon: 74% of respondents said they think that pro athletes add value to an event, while 62% think pro athletes are a very important part of the sport.
“Challenge Family has always had utmost respect for professional athletes, they are the ambassadors of our sport and we place great importance on the close relationship we have them,” said Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO.
“We are very much looking forward to hearing the comments at the pro forum and to working with those involved to continue to improve triathlon and supporting the pro athlete community at every level, from those who have just broken into the pro ranks to those at the top of the sport.”
Challenge Bahrain will take place on 6 December 2014 with over 90 professional athletes signed up for a share of its record-breaking US$500,000 prize purse. Full online live coverage will be broadcast on race day at www.challenge-bahrain.com.bh, and 220’s Liz will be there in Bahrain to cover all the action for our website and Twitter.
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