Triathlon returns to its roots in Australia this weekend with the inaugural Challenge Forster at the birth place of long distance triathlon in Australia on 23 November.

Challenge Forster marks the long-awaited return of Challenge Family to Australia and will feature a one-day, multi event festival with something for everyone – Sprint, Enticer, Junior and draft legal triathlon events, plus Kids Miniman, where every child receives a medal.

The Challenge Forster flagship event will take place with an afternoon start, bringing the magic of the finish line for the age group athletes as night falls. Challenge Forster has one of the largest pro prize purses in Australia – 25,000 Euros (approx $A30,000), and this event has already attracted a strong, competitive field which will make for some exciting racing.

The men’s field features several leading Australian athletes including Tim Berkel (AUS) who’s enjoyed a string of podium finishes in 2013 and is a two-time Challenge Copenhagen champion. He is joined by Clayton Fettell (AUS) as well as Challenge Wanaka and Challenge Taiwan champion, Dylan McNeice (NZL).

The women’s field will see some strong racing with Annabel Luxford (AUS) who is rarely off the podium and is fresh from her victory in Cozumel and Michelle Wu (AUS) who is also racing off the back of recent 70.3 victory, this time in Taiwan. They are joined by current Ironman Australia champion, Rebecca Hoschke (AUS), Michelle Bremer (NZL) and Rebecca Preston (AUS).

Follow the race live at http://www.challengeforster.com.au/ from 1pm EST on Saturday 23 November.

The Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons is changing the face of long distance racing around the world with its focus on athlete experience. Featuring spectacular courses in iconic destinations, Challenge Family events focus on delivering the race of a lifetime to every athlete, and creating a memorable spectator experience that captures all the excitement and emotion of this inspirational sport. The Challenge Family series currently features 22 events around the world including the world’s largest long distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany. Other Challenge Family races take place in Germany, Austria, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan and USA.