First North American half distance race for Challenge Family
The elegant maritime resort town of St Andrews in New Brunswick, Canada is the latest venue to be announced as part of the Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons. The inaugural Kingsbrae Challenge St Andrews will take place on 6 July 2014 and marks Challenge Family’s first half distance triathlon in North America.
“We’re delighted to work with a local team who already has a proven history in our sport and even more importantly who shares the same ethos as Challenge Family with a strong focus on athlete experience,” said Kathrin Walchshöfer, Challenge Family CEO. “St Andrews is one of New Brunswick’s premier holiday destinations and its close proximity to the major centres of Montreal and Boston in the USA ensure this will be a popular race on Canada’s east coast“
Athletes will start and finish their race at the iconic St Andrews landmark, Algonquin Resort, in the heart of the town. The saltwater swim course is in the warm, protected waters of Katy's Cove, despite the close proximity to the frigid waters found in the Bay of Fundy. The spectacular bike course follows the highway out of St. Andrews towards historic St. Croix Island and features fast-flowing roads with a few rolling and challenging hills along the way. The views of the Bay of Fundy are spectacular as you look across the river to the State of Maine in the United States.
The two- loop run course will take athletes through all of the major historic sites within the town of St. Andrews. Athletes will run on the magnificent championship Algonquin Golf course, passing by the signature 12th tee, which overlooks the Passamaquoddy Bay. Continuing along the coast, athletes will head into the heart of St. Andrews, running past the historic Block House cannons and on to Water Street. Running past the old-fashioned shops, galleries and boutiques that St. Andrews is known for, athletes will pass by the St. Andrews Wharf and Navy Island. Running past Pagan Point, runners will catch a glimpse at many of the Fundy Isles in Passamaquoddy Bay. Athletes will also run a small trail section along saltwater marshes with stunning views of Ministers Island. The homestretch will see runners continue past Kingsbrae Garden, Challenge St. Andrews Title Sponsor. The final stretch will be up hill where athletes will run through the Algonquin Resort property, and under the hotel archway to complete loop one. The run course is so stunning that athletes will be eager to experience it again on lap two!
Registration for Challenge St. Andrews will open at www.challenge-standrews.com on Friday 5 July.