LOCATION Valletta, Malta
RACE DATE 1 Oct 2023
DISTANCE Middle distance, Other
Five Reasons to Race Challenge Malta:
- Stunning weather, with the second best climate in the world
- Crystal clear temperate waters of the Mediterranean Sea
- The perfect challenge for mid range to experienced athletes
- A course hugging the coastline, finishing in the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage 16th Century capital, Valletta
- The Maltese islands provide easy access to three UNESCO World Heritage sites including the oldest free standing structures in the world, with hundreds of sites and attractions within a short drive around the islands, making it the perfect location to visit for an extended stay.
Challenge Malta – swim, bike and run in the heart of the Mediterranean.
Travel to Malta is easy. Malta International Airport, located 5km southwest of Valletta, Malta’s capital city, welcomes direct flights from all major European destinations and served by all major airlines. For foodies, Maltese cuisine presents a sizzling array of flavours with an exotic mix of Italian, French, British and Arabic influences brought by the islands’ many historic occupiers.
Malta enjoys over 3000 hours of sunshine throughout the year, its climate typically Mediterranean and strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with a daily average of around 12 hours sunshine in summer going down to five to six hours in mid-winter.
Maltese beaches tend to be dramatic, rocky and sea-sculpted, with fewer soft, sandy curves of coast than you might expect. Blue Flag beach Golden Bay, where the heart of the race will beat is a pure gem and is arguably the most beautiful wide curve of orange-gold sand that shelves gently into the dark blue Mediterranean. Island hopping from Malta to Gozo and Comino can be done in a day! The size of the island means that some of the dramatic coast line and rural areas will be covered during the race making it a highly scenic route.
About the Race
The 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run all contribute to a spectacular course with beautiful coast views with the final run passing through both buzzing, vibrant harbour towns and the historical capital.
Following the swim in the open waters of the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea off Bahar ic Caghaq, the hilly bike course is four laps along the coast road and over a fast inland section. The run course is point-to-point along the coast, through vibrant harbour towns providing spectacular views and ample opportunity for spectators to cheer athletes on.
The race concludes in the stunning 16th century capital of Malta, Valletta. After a lap of the peninsula, athletes head up a long hill through Floriana towards the city gate with a flat fast sprint to the finish which is marked by the iconic Triton Fountain.
1 Oct 2023
Valletta, Malta, Europe
Middle distance, Other