An area rich in Viking history and spectacular fjords is home to the latest addition to the Challenge Family global series of triathlons. Challenge Sandefjord in Norway will take place on 24 August 2024 with athletes racing over the middle distance through some of Norway’s most iconic countryside and coastline.
Sandefjord is just 120km from Oslo and is popular coastal town and holiday destination with a strong Viking history going back over 1,000 years.
The day kicks off with a leap into the fjord for the single lap 1.9km sheltered swim before heading out on the two-lap 90km bike. The rolling course passes through the typical Norwegian landscape as well as the site of one of the oldest Viking ships found in Norway as well as taking in Døla Hill, packed with spectators and music. The four lap run is through the heart of the charming Scandinavian city centre, along narrow streets lined with spectators before finishing the city park by the famous Whalers’ Monument.
Norwegian Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion, Kristian Blummenfelt said the arrival of Challenge Sandefjord was great news. “I’m very happy to hear Challenge Family is coming to Norway with Challenge Sandefjord next August, it’s a beautiful part of the country and I look forward to supporting the event in any way I can.”
“Bringing Challenge Family to eastern Norway gives a large number of Norwegian triathletes the chance to race over the middle-distance on their home turf,” said Olav Kyree Feld, Challenge Sandefjord race director. “We also want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try a triathlon, so we are organising a short super sprint where you can test to see how much fun triathlon really is. Sandefjord is as perfect as it can get for having a compact event where everything is a short distance away, making it convenient for athletes and spectators alike.”
Challenge Family CEO, Jort Vlam, “We’re looking forward to working with Olav and the local community to bring middle distance racing to this part of Norway, not only with a world-class field but also by supporting the sport from the grassroots up across the weekend. It’s a stunning race destination within easy reach of the rest of Europe and a great place to spend some days after the race exploring and relaxing.”
Challenge Sandefjord will take place on 24 August 2024 and registrations are open now.