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PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING


1.0 QUALIFICATION SYSTEM

THECHAMPIONSHIP half-distance professional athlete qualification system for Samorin 2018 is based on place getting, as opposed to the accrual of points. The allocation of qualification slots to professional podium finishers from Challenge Family events and podium finishers from selected events across the triathlon spectrum is designed to ensure that THECHAMPIONSHIP is the pinnacle of long distance triathlon.

 

2.0 QUALIFICATION PERIOD

Qualification for THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2018 will commence at Challenge Salou on May 28, 2017 and conclude at Challenge Salou in May 2018 (Date TBC).

 

3.0 SLOT ALLOCATION

The allocation of slots for THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2018 is outlined as follows:

3.1 TOP 10 finishers THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017

  • One slot for each of the top ten (10) male professional finishers at THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 (10 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top ten (10) female professional finishers at THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 (10 slots in total).
  • TOP 10 male and female finisher at THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP 2018 slot by completing one CHALLENGEFAMILY event (full or middle distance) within the qualification period.

3.2 Challenge Family Professional Athlete Slots

  • One slot for each of the top five (5) male professional finishers at all Challenge Family full distance and half distance races in the qualification period (5 slots per race).
  • One slot for each of the top five (5) female professional finishers Challenge Family full distance and half distance races (5 slots per race).
  • Slots will not roll down.

3.3 Regional Championships

  • For any regional championship events announced and conducted during the qualification period these regional championship events will carry double slots then all other Challenge Family events.

3.4 Ironman Professional Athlete Slots

  • One slot for each of the top five (5) male professional finishers at the 2017 Ironman World Championship (5 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top five (5) female professional finishers at the 2017 Ironman World Championship (5 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots at the 2017 Ironman World Championship will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one Challenge Family event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) male professional finishers at the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) female professional finishers at the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots at the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one Challenge Family event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • A total of sixteen (16) qualifying slots are available at Ironman events.

3.5 International Triathlon Union Professional Athlete Slots

  • One slot for each of the top three (3) male professional finishers at the 2017 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) female professional finishers at the 2017 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots at the 2017 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one Challenge Family event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) ranked professional males in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series. Rankings determined following the completion of the WTS Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico (3 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) ranked professional females in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series. Rankings determined following the completion of the WTS Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands (3 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots via the 2017 World Triathlon Series rankings will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one Challenge Family event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • A total of twelve (12) slots are available for International Triathlon Union athletes
                                                                                                                                                                

3.6 Olympic Games Professional Athlete Slots

  • One slot for each of the top three (3) finishers at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games triathlon for men (3 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) finishers at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games triathlon for women (3 slots in total).
  • A total of ten (6) slots for The Championship Samorin 2017 are available via the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
  • All recipients of slots via the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one Challenge Family event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.

3.7 New Events in the Qualification Period

  • One slot for each of the top five (5) male professional finishers at all new Challenge Family full distance and half distance races in the qualification period (5 slots per race).
  • One slot for each the top five (5) female professional finishers at all new Challenge Family full distance and half distance races (5 slots per race).

 

4.0 RACE DATE

THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2018 (Half-Distance) is scheduled for June 3, 2018.

 

5.0 RACE VENUE

THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2018 will take place at x-bionic® sphere, Samorin, Slovakia.

 

6.0 PROPOSED PRIZE PURSE AND BREAKDOWN

A minimum prize purse of €150,000.

6.1 Prize Purse Breakdown

Prize money, (based on the minimum prize purse of €150,000) will be distributed equally between the top ten (10) Male professionals and the top ten (10) females professionals as follows:

Male Professional Athletes   Female Professional Athletes
Position Prize Money   Position Prize Money
1st €30,000   1st €30,000
2nd €15,000   2nd €15,000
3rd €8,000   3rd €8,000
4th €6,500   4th €6,500
5th €5,000   5th €5,000
6th €3,500   6th €3,500
7th €2,500   7th €2,500
8th €2,000   8th €2,000
9th €1,500   9th €1,500
10th €1,000   10th €1,000
TOTAL €75,000   TOTAL €75,000

Any additional prize money amounts above the minimum prize purse will be allocated evenly and at the discretion of Event organisers among the top ten male and female professional finishers and an updated prize purse breakdown will be published.

 

7.0 FULL INVITATIONS

A limited number of professional will be offered a full invitation to THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2018. A full invitation will include flight assistantance (economy class), accommodation at x-bionic© sphere, three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) per day and airport transfers. Athletes with full invitations will also have the opportunity to train at the race venue (x-bionic® sphere) for seven (7) nights free of charge. This can be at any time of the year, subject to availability of accommodation and venues for training purposes. Athletes accepting the full invitation will be required to complete promotional obligations on behalf of the event, which will be outlined in the invitation to the respective athletes.

 

8.0 REGISTRATION

8.1 Registration Fees

Professional registration for THECHAMPIONSHIP 2018 is free for all professional athletes who have a valid Challenge Family Professional Membership.

8.2 Registration Process for Qualifiers via Challenge Family Events

Professional athletes who qualify for THECHAMPIONSHIP at any Challenge Family event will receive a letter of congratulations from the organisors of THECHAMPIONSHIP shortly after the qualifying event. This letter will include a registration code and details in order to complete an on-line registration for The Championship within thirty (30) days of receiving the registration code. Professional athletes who do not complete the online registration within the code expiry period will automatically waive their qualifying status and will be required to qualify at another Challenge Family or Non-Challenge Family qualifier event during the qualifier period. Once re-qualified, the registration process will be repeated.

8.3 Registration Process for qualifiers via Non-Challenge Family Events

Professional athletes who are invited to participate in THECHAMPIONSHIP via a Non-CHALLENGEFAMILY event will receive a letter of invitation from the organizers of THECHAMPIONSHIP shortly after the event. Registration for THECHAMPIONSHIP from athletes who are invited via Non-CHALLENGEFAMILY events will only be validated once the athlete validates at and completes a CHALLENGEFAMILY half or full distance event within the qualifying period.

 

9.0 Withdrawal prior to the race

All athletes who accept their qualification slot and officially register must inform Belinda (belinda@challenge-family.com) no later than three weeks prior to the race if they no longer intend racing. May 13, 2018 will be the latest date acceptable for cancellation. Full entry fee will be charged if we are not informed before this date unless there is a valid reason (e.g.- injury or sickness). 

 

10.0 THE CHAMPIONSHIP PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE LIAISON

Professional athlete enquiries for The Championship Samorin 2018 are to be directed to Challenge Family Professional Athlete Liaison, Belinda Granger, via email belinda@challenge-family.com.