Try the New­est Chal­lenge

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Warm Up Canadian Race - By Jen­nifer Faraone

TheChal­lenge fam­ily has added a third North Amer­i­can race to its se­ries. It takes place in the mar­itime town of St. An­drews by-theSea, New Brunswick. The in­au­gu­ral half dis­tance, Kings­brae Gar­den Chal­lenge St. An­drews will run on July 6, 2014. The Chal­lenge se­ries fo­cuses on de­liv­er­ing the race of a life­time to ath­letes of all ages and abil­i­ties.

Race or­ga­niz­ers Scott and Tressa Bev­ing­ton de­scribe their aim for the event in three words: “Fun. En­er­getic. Fam­ily.” But don’t let th­ese three words mis­lead you, as the name im­plies, par­tic­i­pants can ex­pect noth­ing less than a chal­leng­ing course. Four-time world cham­pion Chris “Macca” McCor­mack has been fol­low­ing the Chal­lenge fam­ily’s growth. “It’s great to see another Chal­lenge race added to the Cana­dian triathlon cal­en­dar … and I look for­ward to check­ing the course out as I’ve heard it’s stun­ning, with a tough bike and a re­ally varied run.”

The race starts and fin­ishes at the his­toric Al­go­nquin Re­sort. A pic­turesque swim in the shel­tered waters of Katy’s Cove, gives par­tic­i­pants the unique op­por­tu­nity of a salt wa­ter swim with a lake-like feel as tem­per­a­tures av­er­age 22 de­grees in July. The bike is an out-and-back sin­gle loop on closed roads, com­bin­ing rolling hills and scenic views of the Bay of Fundy, the Pas­samaquoddy Bay and St. Croix Is­land. The two-loop run course is one of the most spec­tac­u­lar in the sport. Ath­letes run be­side the Al­go­nquin Golf Course (renowned for its much pho­tographed 12th tee with coastal views), then along the seashore to­wards St. An­drews’s water­front with its quaint shops and its pe­riod ar­chi­tec­ture, head­ing to­wards the fin­ish through the award-win­ning Kings­brae Gar­den (voted one of the top five gar­dens in North Amer­ica).

Race weekend of­fers plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for ath­letes, fam­i­lies and vol­un­teers, while show­cas­ing many Mar­itimes high­lights in­clud­ing live mu­sic. Be­gin­ning with the Chal­lenge Expo and Fri­day Night Pasta Party, the weekend will fea­ture the Kids Ju­nior Chal­lenge triathlon (tak­ing par­tic­i­pants through the Gar­den’s maze), the tri St. An­drews Sprint Dis­tance Triathlon, the Beat the Tide 5 mile run on nearby Min­is­ters Is­land, and the re­cently an­nounced re­lay and aquabike op­tions. The weekend will con­clude with the Mar­itime Kitchen Party and awards cer­e­mony on Sun­day night.

The event has al­ready at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from Que­bec, On­tario, Western Canada, Europe and New Eng­land. A pro­fes­sional prize purse of 25,000€ has been an­nounced, draw­ing a num­ber of su­per­stars the the race weekend in­clud­ing Si­mon Whit­field and Chris McCor­mack.

For Tressa Bev­ing­ton, be­ing part of the Chal­lenge fam­ily means be­ing at­ten­tive to ev­ery last de­tail en­sur­ing ath­letes, vol­un­teers, sup­port­ers and spon­sors are per­fectly catered to. There are cur­rently 21 long dis­tance races in 13 coun­tries, but Chal­lenge St. An­drews is the only one in North Amer­ica that of­fers the half dis­tance triathlon. This makes it a per­fect build-up race for ath­letes train­ing for the full dis­tance Chal­lenge Pen­tic­ton in late Au­gust.

“The course is mem­o­rable for so many rea­sons,” says Scott Bev­ing­ton. “The amaz­ing New Brunswick scenery and his­tory, its in­ten­sity, the op­por­tu­nity for spec­ta­tors to be in­volved with the ath­letes, plus a fin­ish in the heart of the town are sure to make this race a re­sound­ing suc­cess. We have no doubt that this will be­come an es­sen­tial race for the re­gion, and the hos­pi­tal­ity and beauty of St. An­drews will bring ath­letes back year af­ter year.”

Per­haps there should be one more word to sum­ma­rize the race: un­for­get­table.

2013 St. An­drews by the Sea com­peti­tors storm into Katy’s Cove. The Kings­brae Gar­den Chal­lenge St. An­drews will fol­low a sim­i­lar course to the sprint dis­tance race. above Fair­mont Al­go­nquin Ho­tel, Na­tional His­toric Dis­trict, St. An­drews by-the-sea, N. B.

The 2013 St. An­drews by the Sea loops through the Al­go­nquin Golf Course’s sig­na­ture holes by the waters of Pas­samaquoddy Bay The 2013 St. An­drews by the Sea be­low Shel­ley Wood com­petes in the long- course di­vi­sion Pas­samaquoddy Bay, Deer Is­land, N. B.

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