LOCATION Sandefjord, Norway
RACE DATE 24 Aug 2024
DISTANCE Middle distance
Five Reasons to Race Challenge Sandefjord
Sandefjord is truly the land of the Vikings with its rich historical heritage.
- Fast, fun and spectator-friendly course
- Compact race location with everything within easy walking distance
- Spectacular region packed full of history, including ancient Viking monuments and the ‘End of the World’
- Unforgettable run through the city centre streets lined with spectators
- Easy to reach from Oslo for both local and international athletes
About the Local Area
With its beautiful coastline, many beaches and exciting history, Sandefjord is a popular summer destination. A compact centre with restaurants, museums and a good atmosphere. The region has Norway’s oldest discovery of Viking settlements, one of Norway’s oldest cities and the “end of the world”!
About Challenge Sandefjord
The single lap 1.9km swim is in the sheltered waters of Sandefjordsfjorden with the entire course visible from the breakwater, perfect for spectators.
The two lap bike course takes you out of the city and straight into one of the hot spots on the course. Dølabakken (The DØLA hill) will give you an energy boost with spectators and music, before you set into the Norwegian countryside landscape. This rolling course will give you landscapes, lakes and cheering spectators at the aid station at Kodal (where they have their own terrain triathlon named Gråtassen). From Kodal some fast stretches on your way over to Stokke. Just so you know, the first prime minister in Norway was from Stokke (Fredrik Stang 1808-1884). From Stokke you have 15km left on your way back to Sandefjord city. You will pass the historic “Gokstadhaugene” where one of the oldest Viking ships has been found in Norway. In this area you can run the risk of meeting crazy Norwegian Vikings before you speed up and head back to the city centre, and turn back for lap two, or head into T2.
The four-lap run course winds through the central city, passing famous monuments, along narrow streets with typical Scandinavian houses and before finishing in Badeparken by the famous Whalers’ Monument.
24 Aug 2024
Sandefjord, Norway, Europe