If you’re looking for some fitness inspiration, then you’re going to want to hang out around the Birgu/Bormla area on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of October. Super League Triathlon is setting up in Malta for the second year in a row, and hundreds of the world’s best triathletes will be swim-bike-running against our gorgeous Mediterranean backdrop.
This is the second race in the Super League Championship 2019/20 and will be the last one until August of next year, so it’s bound to be a good one.
The weekend is set to be full of exciting races for athletes of all ages and levels
Michael D’hulst, CEO and co-founder of SLT, expects this series to be ‘bigger and better than ever’. This year’s event encompasses the Youth and Junior divisions, as well as the Age Group Aquathlons, Regattas, Fun Runs and Corporate Team Enduro races.
But the really exciting races are the main semi-finals and finals for men and women, who will be competing to gain points for the official Championship Series.
Super League’s standard distances are 300-metre swims, 4-kilometre bikes and 1.6-kilometre runs. Saturday’s semi-finals are always a continuous swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run with a group start. The finals on Sunday can have one of four formats, depending on the course and what will make for the most exciting racing.
Superstar athletes like Vincent Luis and Katie Zafares will be competing amongst hundreds of local and international athletes
The top five athletes from each semi-final, as well as the next five tastes runners from across the two groups will then move on to the final race on Sunday. Ahead of the final, the finalists will compete in an ‘Equaliser’ time trial to determine their starting positions for the final.
The winner of Sunday’s finals (both the male and the female ones) will snatch up a killer $20,000 prize
Which is equivalent to around €9,100. Not bad at all! The winner of the overall Championship, which will be announced in November 2020, will get to take home a whopping $100,000.
There’s also a Nike Fun Run taking place over the weekend, for people who want to get some intense(ly fun) exercise in, without the pressure of beating any personal bests or anything of the sort.
There’ll also be a fanzone set up full of fun and games, and spectators can line the streets to watch and support as the athletes swim, run, and bike past at super-human speed.