10 DECEMBER 2012 - Olympic silver medalist and current ITU World Triathlon Series champion, Lisa Norden today announced her start at Challenge Fuerteventura on 13 April in her first half distance race since 2005.
Nordén has chosen Playitas Resort on Fuerteventura as her winter training base for her training and she says she is looking forward to racing over the longer distance.
"I'm aiming to build a strong base through winter training at Playitas and look forward to a longer distance to challenge me at Challenge Fuerteventura. Challenge has a good reputation in the triathlon world and it will be a pleasure racing at Fuerteventura", said Nordén. "Playitas offers great opportunities for me with the best possible training environment just outside the door when I wake up. The weather is stable and I have many other triathletes around me. The only thing I need to put my energy on is the workout."
Challenge Fuerteventura is the perfect season opening for Europeans who want to test themselves on a tough course set against the dramatic volcanic backdrop of this spectacular island. After the swim in the clear Atlantic Ocean waters the demanding bike leg is as much a battle of the elements as the terrain with the traditional hot strong winds. The half marathon finishes in the heart of Playitas Resort after a stunning coastline run.
Challenge Fuerteventura is part of the global Challenge Family series of long distance triathlons renowned for its focus on athlete experience. Featuring spectacular courses in iconic destinations, Challenge Family events focus on delivering the race of a lifetime to every athlete, and creating a memorable spectator experience that captures all the excitement and emotion of this inspirational sport. The Challenge Family series currently features 15 events around the world including the world's largest long distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany. Other Challenge Family races take place in Germany, Austria, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand and Thailand.
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