CHALLENGEFAMILY has introduced a pro athlete bonus scheme to its European races. The initiative provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of a €140,000 end-of-season bonus as well as a prize purse of €38,000 per each qualifying long distance race and €19,000 per each qualifying half distance race. Full distance races will pay eight deep, half distance races will pay six deep.
The €140k bonus will pay five deep across both men and women with the top ranked pro taking home €25k, second will earn €17k and third will win €13k, fourth €10k and fifth €5k. Ranking will be decided through a points system based on placings earned.
European full distance prize money and points breakdown
European half distance prize money and points breakdown
In the advent of a tie the prize money will be averaged between the two athletes and corresponding places.
Athletes are only able to count five races during the season, of which no more than two can be full distance races.
The following races offer a purse of €25,000 paying 10 deep on the half distance:
- Challenge Maceió
- Challenge Florianopolis
Challenge Penticton pays CAD$30,000 paying five deep over the half distance
Challenge St Andrews pays CAD$15,000 paying five deep over the half distance
Total purse of AUD$20,000 paying five deep at all half distance races
Total purse of €75,000 paying 10 deep
Rest of World
All other Challenge Family races pay €50,000 for full distance and €25,000 for half distance races paying 10 deep.
For full breakdowns, please see individual race sites.