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Challenge Daytona preview: ‘Daytona Distance under the lights’

Coming up this weekend CHALLENGEFAMILY will also draw a close to their season. It should be a good finish too, with the second edition of Challenge Daytona (www.challenge-daytona.com), based at the Daytona International Speedway® in Daytona Beach, Florida. The home of the Daytona 500 – the most prestigious race in NASCAR – the venue is seriously impressive and vast – though triathlon is unlikely to challenge the seating capacity of over 167,000, for a venue which is used to seeing cars travel at average speeds not far short of 200 mph.

Format
The race, which will be held on Saturday December 14th, is an interesting format, which they are calling the ‘Daytona Distance Under The Lights’, of a two-lap, one-mile swim followed by a 15-lap, 37.5 mile bike and then an 8.2 mile run, all held within the grounds of the racing circuit. That race format was enforced 12 months ago, when storms and lightening caused delays to the scheduled Middle Distance event (and a bike course which was due to use roads outside of the circuit), but the format proved such a hit with the Pro athletes – many of whom have had long seasons – that the self-contained Pro race format has been retained. 

Challenge Daytona 2018 - Photo Jose Luis Hourcade

Race preview
The article above is written by TRI247.com. If you want to read more about the race favourites -like Lucy Charles and Lionel Sanders- you can read their full article here.

Live stream
CHALLENGEDAYTONA ‘Daytona Distance Under The Lights’ can be followed live via Facebook Live on the Facebook pages of Challenge Family and Challenge Daytona starting at 4:20 pm local time. Commentary will be provided by Belinda Granger, Alicia Kaye, Jarrod Shoemaker and Dylan McNeice.