Inaugural Challenge Philippines delivers a world class challenging course


22 FEBRUARY 2014 – Featuring over 700 age group athletes from over 38 countries and one of the largest and fastest pro fields ever assembled in Asia, Challenge Philippines tested the will and courage of every participant. Set in beautiful Bataan Province, Philippines, triathletes swam in pristine waters, bikes the race’s fable 7 hills of Bataan and ran through triple canopy forest  along rolling shaded trails.

Referred too by Greg Bennett, Olympian and two-times ITU World Series Champion as one of the most beautiful yet “toughest old school courses” , the Challenge Philippines did not fail in providing a true test of human endurance. Cheering schools children .numbering in the thousands stood beside villagers as triathletes pushed their limits. “Tough, challenging and beautiful ” was the expression heard most as each finished, Challenge Philippines will surly be ranked as one of the toughest, if not the toughest, half iron distance race in the world.

Fighting it out for the one of the sports richest Pro prize purse, of over $50,000 USD, Matt Burton , in a time of 4:26:53 won first Pro male and Melissa Hauschildt 4:39:26 took top Pro female honors. With “It was an incredible race, well organized, just amazing, I loved it!, maybe one of the toughest I have ever raced, but great!”  . In Hauschildt fashion, Melissa, hammered the bike course and run, leading from beginning to end.

With all but one spot in the top five male pros, Australian triathletes dominated the course from start to finish. SWE, Fredrik Croneborg took third place.

Top 10 Male Pros, in order of finish included Matt Burton, Michael Murphy,

Fredrick Croneborg,  Greg Bennett, Mitchell Anderson, Rasmus Petreus, Joshua Maeder, Till Schramm, Eric Watson, Darren Jenkins.

Top seven Female Pros, Melissa Hauschildt, Annabel Luxford, Emma Pooley, Radka Vodickova, Laura Bennett, Katja Rabe and Christina Jackson.

Dave Voth, Challenge Philippines CEO, said “ it was a day to celebrate the Pinoy Spirit, the never say die attitude of the Philippine people is a perfect match with Challenge Family core values. It was a beautiful day, an amazing race,  but with any new race, it take enormous amount of passion from  many to deliver the best experience. Our athletes expressed over and over how much the course tested, but how wonderful the experience was”

Challenge Philippines is part of the Challenge Family series of triathlons which now features 25 full and half distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and home to both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia and North America have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For further information on Challenge Family visit



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