Herning to host the 2017 European Triathlon Championships

Once again, an international championship will take place in Herning when the European Half Distance Triathlon Championships takes place in the city on Saturday June 10, 2017.
05. juli 2016

After two successful years with the triathlon event Challenge Billund-Herning, the organizers RaceMakers have succeeded in getting the ETU European Half Distance Triathlon Championships to Denmark and Herning. The athletes will swim 1.9 km, bike 90 km and run 21.1km during the race. 
"With ChallengeHerning and our Nordic Team we are establishing excellent portfolio of high Quality Races in the Region." Says Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of ChallengeFamily. 

The European Championships hosted by ChallengeHerning is organized by RaceMakers in collaboration with the European Triathlon Union, The Danish Triathlon Federation, Sport Event Denmark, and the Municipality of Herning. 
"By joining forces and making use of the competences that characterize the Challenge organization alongside the federations, Sport Event Denmark and the Municipality of Herning, we have an incredible opportunity to create a much larger event than what would otherwise have been the case," says Claus Vesterby, Event Director and partner of RaceMakers.

"Through the championships, we attract the entire European elite to Denmark. And because we have an open race, everyone is welcome to participate and compete against the top athletes within this field. If you train properly and it's your day, everyone has a chance of standing on the podium," says Claus Vesterby.

"Hosting the official European Championship Half Distance in Denmark is a privilege and commitment to a long and lasting Partnership with the European Federation, the governing body of our Sport and National Federation of Denmark." says Zibi Szlufcik

"A European Championship in triathlon has the ability to bring together elite and Age Group athletes. We have previously seen it during other big international triathlon events in Denmark, and we saw it very notably at The World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen in 2014. Elite and Age Groupers in the same race create a completely unique and dynamic experience," says Lars Lundov, CEO in Sport Event Denmark

The Mayor expects a big party in the city 

Lars Krarup, the Mayor of Herning, sees the European Championships as a fine opportunity to display the area. 
"In and around Herning, there are many scenic areas. The contestants will swim in our wonderful Lake Fuglsang, go on a bike ride through our beautiful nature, which the spectators will be able to enjoy on the sidelines along the route. Finally, they will reach the finish line at the city square in the Half of Herning. In connection to this, we are planning a major celebration where everyone can follow the participants during the race and finish with music and a party. I'm positive, that we will have a great Championship," says Lars Krarup.

Claus Vesterby says that the choice of Herning as the host city was an easy one. 
"It is an honor to have been selected to arrange an event on this scale in Herning. We have had so much support and so much experience from large championships to draw on that we never questioned that Herning should be the host city," says Claus Vesterby. 
"The welcoming culture of the amazing People of Denmark, hosting Venue of the Sport City Herning as well as the endless beauty of the Nature are perfect surrounding for a world class Event." Says Zibi Szlufcik.

Registration for the ETU European Half Distance Triathlon Championships hosted by Challenge Herning on the webpage  www.challengedenmark.dk from Tuesday June 28.

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Elo Christensen
Sport Event Manager
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