Gran Canaria will debut it’s incorporation to the Triathlon World Showcase on September 17, 2016. The tourist municipality of Mogán will host this annual Challenge Event, this prestigious international brand that boasts 44 major competitions in 21 countries. The new race was presented today in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of sports of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Angel Victor Torres, the Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, and President of the Challenge Family, Felix Walchshöfer, son of the founder of this international sporting event series.
Cabildo of Gran Canaria and Ayuntamiento de Mogán are the promoters of this initiative, which will allow the island to host an International Triathlon race, with global projection thanks to the reach of international races organized by the Challenge brand. Ángel Víctor Torres and Onalia Bueno highlighted the decision to promote the annual celebration of this event, which increases the provision of sporting events with international outreach with an ambitious project to make Gran Canaria the ‘European sport island’.
The date of the Challenge Mogán event in the calendar favors the presence of the European elite of this sport on the island as they prepare for the World Championships, which take place three weeks later in Hawaii. More than 700 participants are expected in the first edition to reach 1,500 in the third year. Half of the athletes will be from the rest of Europe with representation from more than 20 different nationalities, mainly British and German.
The race, open to all, is to be held in the municipality in the southwest of the island and comprises 1.9 kilometres of swimming, 90 km cycling and 21 km Run. In addition, separate events are included exclusively for both women and children. Amadores will host the Triathlon, and is the location of the swimming section base. The cycle and run routes will be extended through the spectacular coast and Mogán mountain areas.
Present at the launch of Challenge Mogán-Gran Canaria, held in Gran Canaria sand, were the Event Director Jordi González, and Maribel Blanco, the first woman to represent Spain in Triathlon in Olympic Games (Sydney 2000). Also notable for being the first woman to gain victory in an official Ironman event for any male or female (2002 Lanzarote, Lanzarote 2003).