The unique series FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE starts in two days. The prestigious race which belongs to the worldwide triathlon series CHALLENGEFAMILY will be attended by almost 1500 participants from 45 countries, making it the largest triathlon race in the Czech Republic.

Comparing to the last year’s premiere of FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE, the number of participants has increased by almost one third. A total number of 1100 athletes will start in the main MIDDLE category including almost 50 professional triathletes. The popular category for public TRY-ATHLON announces 200 people – 116 participants will attend their first triathlon ever. At the start, there will be also 50 three-member teams in category RELAYS.

Registration for HERVIS CHALLENGEJUNIOR races for children up to 15 years is still open, interested people may also apply directly on the day of the race on Friday, July 27. Overall, the second edition of FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE attacks 1500 participants from 45 countries, making it the largest triathlon race in Czech history.

The presence in FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE was confirmed by five-time World Champion and winner of last year’s Ironman series Javier Gómez, whose biggest rivals will be last year’s winner of FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE Pieter Heemeryck, the long distance World Champion Pablo Dapena or German triathlete Maurice Clevel. The Czech Republic will be represented by Petr Vabroušek, Tomáš Řenč, Lukáš Kočař, Pavel Petrásek, Simona Křivánková, Helena Kotopulu a Lenka Králová. The start list includes silver medalist from ITU Paratriathlon World Cup Jan Tománek and last year’s best amateur of FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE Petr Soukup.

Czech celebrities will not be missing at the start as well. Participation was confirmed by cardio-surgeon Jan Pirk, opera singer Jiří Langmajer and former decathlete Roman Šebrle. In the category RELAYS, Jana Pechanová, Jiří Ježek and David Svoboda will compete.

Speaking about visitors, we are expecting even more growth than athletes. To see more than thousand people swimming around Střelecký Island is really special,” says Lenka Kovářová, the chairman of the Czech Triathlon Association. “The entry is free, athletes love the support of audience, so we do not want to prevent them. We also initiate fan zones outside Prague on cycling tracks. And for those who can’t come to Prague, there will be four hours of live broadcasting,” adds Kovářová.

The unique venue will grow in the center of Prague literally overnight, the organizing team has only seven hours to build all the facilities. It requires 4.5 thousand square meters of carpet, over six kilometers of fences to ensure the safety of competitors. A 300-meter-long cycle depot will be built on the Legion Bridge. The flow of traffic will provide 900 traffic signs and assistance from tens of police officers. A total of 26 boats will care of water safety with 40 rescuers and 20 motorcycles with referees and journalists around the track.

The interconnection of individual institutions is necessary for the smooth course of the event – Prague and its municipalities, the Czech Triathlon Association, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Central Bohemian Region and its municipalities, the Navigation Administration, the Vltava River Basin, the Prague Public Transport or all components of the integrated rescue system.

I am glad that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports supports the second edition of FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE as it is a great international event where professional triathletes and amateurs compete together. In addition, the race takes place right in the center of Prague so it brings the event closer to the public. I wish good luck to all the athletes and great experience to fans,” says minister of Education, Youth and Sports Robert Plaga.

I have only words of admiration for all competitors,” says mayor of Prague Adriana Krnáčová. “I enjoy running but the triathlon is, of course, a completely different and much more challenging discipline. We support a variety of sporting events and I am very happy that we could be also partners of FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE. I wish all the competitors good luck and much power,” adds Krnáčová.

Traffic information
Due to the event, there will be temporary changes in public transport in the Jiráskovo náměstí – Národní divadlo – Újezd secctiong (in both directions) on Saturday 28 from 0:00 a.m. to Sunday 29 to 0.30 a.m. For more information, please visit www.dpp.cz.

Additionally, Zborovká, Most Legií, Janáčkovo nábřeží, Hořejší nábřeží, Svornosti will be closed on July 28 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A list of all closed locations can be found at www.challenge-prague.com.

The largest triathlon event in the Czech Republic starts on Friday, July 27 with EXPO trade show and HERVIS CHALLENGEJUNIOR race, it continues on Saturday, July 28 with main races in category MIDDLE, RELAYS and TRY-ATHLON.

INFORMATION
Date: 28th July 2018
Place: Praha
Start: Střelecký Island
Finish: Vítězná Street

APPLICATIONS
Final state of applicants: 1.400
From which:

  • MIDDLE: 1100
  • RELAYS: 50 three-membered teams
  • TRY-ATHLON: 200
  • JUNIOR: 50
PROGRAM

Friday 27th July

  • EXPO – trade show of the sporting equipment and partners of the race (Vítězná and Zborovská Street)
  • HERVIS CHALLENGEJUNIOR – running race for children and youth from 3 to 15 years (Střelecký Island)
Saturday 28th July
  • EXPO – trade show of the sporting equipment and partners of the race (Vítězná and Zborovská Street)
  • FORD CHALLENGEPRAGUE MIDDLE (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run)
  • PRAGUE RELAYS (three members, 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run)
  • TRY-ATHLON (0.38 km swim, 18 km bike, 4,2 km run)
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