Long-distance racing returns to Korea with Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum

October 23, 2022

The ultimate triathlon distance is back in Korea with the announcement of the 226km Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum on June 4, 2023.

/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The ultimate triathlon distance returns to Korea with the announcement of the 226km Gunsan-Saemangeum Challenge on June 4, 2023. After a successful middle-distance race in May this year, won by Australian Steve McKenna and Dimity-Lee Duke, the Challenge Korea team set out to take the 226km distance to the beautiful Korean coastline.

“We are thrilled to be working with James and his team to put long-distance running in Korea on our calendar for 2023,” said Challenge Family CEO Jort Vlam. “Saemangeum is an extraordinary destination in that everything is on unclaimed land and the course, along the longest dyke in the world, is totally unique. Where else can you race between islands along a fast, flowing highway surrounded by the ocean? We are extremely grateful to the Gunsan city government and the local community for their support.

“The Gunsan-Saemangeum Challenge is an event organized by triathletes for triathletes. From all over the world, triathletes who are passionate about the wonderful sport of triathlon gather at Gunsan-Saemangeum, the best venue in Asia,” said Race Director James Lee. “Challenge Family is a real family and, in addition to safe and fair racing, you will experience the same friendly and welcoming atmosphere here that you experience at any Challenge event around the world. Many people are preparing with passion to make the race the most memorable of your life and I would like to thank the management team, the hundreds of volunteers, the sponsors and the officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, KSPO, Korea Triathlon Federation, Jeollabuk-Do and Gunsan City. I have no doubt you will have an amazing race at Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum, the course is spectacular and the support from the city government is outstanding. Enjoy the race and make it to the finish line!

The 3.8km two-lap swim starts from Bieung Beach in the calm waters of the Yellow Sea. The 180km two-lap bike ride skirts the record-breaking Saemangeum Seawall before crossing the Gogunsan Archipelago to Seonyudo Island and back for the second lap. The marathon runs through the Saemangeum Project, Korea’s largest recovery area and a vibrant green riverside city that promotes harmony with nature.

For more information and registration for Challenge Gunsan-Saemangeum, both long and medium distance, please visit https://www.challenge-family.com/korea/.

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