Two Challenge Family events take place amid idyllic settings this weekend. A Dutch Caribbean Island backdrop will provide the vistas for Challenge Aruba, while in Thailand Challenge Kanchanaburi is scheduled to be run and won.

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Brown Chases Aruba Title

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It’s almost a completely new women’s line up for the 2017 edition of Challenge Aruba, with only Fiama Rodriguez returning from the 2016 race.

Aruba is a small Dutch Caribbean island, 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela.

With stunning beaches and landscapes Challenge Aruba falls firmly in to a destination triathlon and a great option to cap off the end of the northern hemisphere season, before Winter training kicks in. There’s a whole host of activities going on over the event, so also a great option for the whole family with kids events, music festivals, walks and runs and of course the middle distance triathlon race.

Brooke Brown could be one to watch after some solid results this year including second at Ironman Maastricht but will need to chase hard as she will likely be a little down after the swim. However Brown and Camilla Lindholm Borg could be a strong partnership on the bike and into the run, and work together to close the gaps from the swim, with several ex ITU athletes racing.

Challenge Aruba 2017 Start List

Participant First Name Participant Last Name Participant country code Individual Division:
Cindy Lewis-Caballero CA Profesional / Elite
Jessica Santos BR Profesional / Elite
Brooke Brown CA Profesional / Elite
Camilla Lindholm Borg SE Profesional / Elite
Fiama Rodriguez VE Profesional / Elite
Marlier Miranda VE Profesional / Elite


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Kanchanaburi Title Defence On The Cards For Watkinson

Amelia Watkinson heads the start list at Challenge Family Kanchanaburi in Thailand. Watkinson won the event in 2016, and spends a lot of her time training in Thailand, so will feel almost at home and accustomed to the climate and will start as favourite.

Parys Edwards has returned to racing from a year or so plagued by injury and came back with a solid second place at Ironman Wales. Edwards is likely to have a good battle with Swiss athlete Imogen Simmonds. Simmonds is in her first year as a professional, having won her Age Group at World 70.3 Championships in 2016 and came fourth at Ironman 70.3 Vichy earlier in the year. Isabelle Moulin from France also starts.

Kanchanaburi is 129km from Bangkok and if you chose to travel there by train you will cross the famous bridge over The River Kwai, the setting for the book and later acclaimed film.

Challenge Kanchanaburi 2017 Start List

Imogen Simmonds (SUI)

Parys Edwards (GBR)

Amelia Watkinson (NZL)

Isabelle Moulin (FRA)

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