Bahrain hosts a spectacular half-triathlon at the end of 2014 with a record prize money of $500,000 up for grabs. Thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world will be taking part in the 113 km Challenge Bahrain event on December 6th. The half-triathlon includes a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21 km run.
Bahrain's Challenge is the first Middle East event organized by Challenge Family and participants will cross the old Muharraq bridge before starting a bike course referred to as a "journey through time" - taking participants through the financial district, Bahrain's beautiful National Museum and Bahrain National Theater and the Grand Mosque.
Sportsmen will then continue their journey into the desert where they will complete the grueling race with a lap at the Bahrain International Circuit where they will cross the finish line.
The Challenge Bahrain 1.9km swim will take place in the calm waters of Bahrain Bay, surrounded by some of the Middle East’s most striking modern architecture, including the landmark Four Seasons and World Trade Centre in the Financial Harbour of Manama.
On leaving T1, athletes will cross over the bridge to the traditional community on Muharraq Island before heading back to Manama and past the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, the largest in Bahrain and the National Museum, hosting the newly inaugurated world-class National Theatre. After looping back through the spectator areas of T1, the 90km bike course heads out of the city, and through the residential areas. As it heads south, the course leaves behind the ‘land of a million palm trees’ and heads to the desert, passing through a major archaeological site. The thousands of Dilmun Burial Mounds date back to 3,000BC when the beauty of Bahrain was considered heaven, the most perfect eternal resting place.
After their journey through history, the athletes will go forward through time for a lap of the Formula One track, designed to be the fastest in the world. The cars do it in 1:40, the athletes are expected to take a little longer!
The 21km run leg is unique, traversing through the heart of a wild life park. Athletes will run past ostriches, giraffes, birds, horses, camels, Oryx and through the natural landscapes of Bahrain before crossing the finish line at the Formula One complex.
For a detailed event timetable please log onto: http://www.challenge-bahrain.com.bh/event-guide/event-timetable/