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Challenge Family and Anfi Group: Involving your Family into your Triathlon Journey with Racecations

Triathlon is a lifestyle sport that requires a big time commitment and expense and many triathletes with families spend a chunk of their time trying to balance training, work and family.

Family vacations are one of the big things that can suffer when we are looking to compete in long distance races, the events tend to fall in the summer months and added training time and stress in the final weeks leading into an event can have a big impact on family and friendships.

Racecations is a way for age-groupers to look at racing as the start of a vacation, take family along and look to do your race within 1-2 days of arriving and then enjoy a vacation after without the need to train and think about the sport. Planning this way will make the family feel more involved in the sport and your goals and they will not only give you more support, they will build friendships around the sport.

Challenge Family has not only championed the importance to focus on athlete care, but had been on the forefront in promoting the healthy balance between triathlon, work and family life.

It is within this context that Challenge Family announces it’s partnership with Anfi Group.

The announcement will provide access for athletes to both of Anfi Group’s exclusive members’ resorts, allowing them to combine an ideal training destination with a relaxing family holiday. Gran Canaria is renowned for its near perfect weather and varied terrain, from the mountainous interior roads to the spectacular coastal running tracks and the winds that haunt other Canary Islands are notably absent, all adding up to a hard-to-beat training destination.

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image: Anfi Group/James Mitchell

Anfi Group owns two resorts in the south west of the island – Anfi del Mar is a tropical sanctuary of peace and tranquility with white sand beaches where, for over three decades, it has offered world-class family vacations. Anfi Tauro Golf & Luxury Resort boasts a luxury hotel and unique designer villas combined with one of the best golf courses in Europe. Both resorts, comprised of five fully equipped clubs, have developed a strong focus on the needs and experiences of athletes, as well as their families.

“As every athlete knows, it’s always a juggle combining work, training and family and invariably one misses out!” said Jort Vlam, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY. “At Anfi Group resorts, athletes can train guilt-free on some of the best terrain in Europe, happy in the knowledge the rest of their family is enjoying an amazing holiday in a world-class resort that they can all share together. Anfi Group’s commitment to excellence and their guests, with a focus on family, aligns perfectly with CHALLENGEFAMILY. They can even do something we wish we could at our events – guarantee fine weather with over 300 days of sunshine every year!

José Luis Trujillo, CEO of the Anfi Group, highlights that choosing Anfi del Mar (Gran Canaria) as the base for Challenge reaffirms “the exceptional conditions we offer to hold any sporting event”. In a natural setting where training and recuperation are optimal all year round, together with “top class infrastructure, right on the beach with the required health and safety guarantees, make Anfi a stunning location to host competitions of any level”. Anfi del Mar, continued Trujillo “is a real oasis for training as well as for good rest and spending quality time with the family, always sheltered by our privileged climate”.

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The head of Anfi stressed that “over the last decade we have become a benchmark in our own right for major athletes (Alberto Contador, Mikel Landa, Mario Chipollini, Román Kreuziger, David Silva, Jan Frodeno, Laura Siddall, Patrick Langue, Pablo Dapena, etc) and elite teams (Movistar Team, Ineos, Tinkoff, Swiss and Italian nationals cycling teams) who have discovered in this ‘home from home’ champion destination”. With this new step and with the help of Challenge Family, Anfi “hosts triathlon with great enthusiasm and with the conviction so for visitors, it will be love at first sight.”

The partnership between Anfi Group and CHALLENGEFAMILY will include exclusive offers for CHALLENGEFAMILY athletes when they travel to either of Anfi Group’s luxury resorts on Gran Canaria to train and holiday with their family.

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