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PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING

1.0 QUALIFICATION SYSTEM

THECHAMPIONSHIP half-distance professional athlete qualification system for Samorin 2017 is based on place getting, as opposed to the accrual of points. The allocation of qualification slots to professional podium finishers from CHALLENGEFAMILY events and podium finishers from selected events cross the triathlon spectrum is designed to ensure that THECHAMPIONSHIP is the pinnacle of long distance triathlon.

 

2.0 QUALIFICATION PERIOD

Qualification for THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2017 will commence at CHALLENGEFUERTEVENTURA on April 23, 2016 and concludes  CHALLENGESALOU on May 28, 2017.

 

3.0 SLOT ALLOCATION

The allocation of slots for THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2017 is outlined as follows:

3.1 Challenge Family Professional Athlete Slots

  • One slot for each of the top five (5) male professional finishers at all CHALLENGEFAMILY 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 CHALLENGEFAMILY full distance and half distance races (5 slots per race).
  • CHALLENGEFUERTEVENTURA, CHALLENGETAIWAN (Full & Half) and CHALLENGERIMINI will feature twice in the THECHAMPIONSHIP 2017 qualification period. The 2016 calendar year editions of the above races will have one slot for each of the top three (3) male and female professional finishers. The 2017 calendar editions of the above races will also have one slot for each of the top three (3) male and female professional finishers.

3.2 Ironman Professional Athlete Invitation Slots

  • One slot for the top five (5) male professional finishers at the 2016 Ironman World Championship (5 slots in total).
  • One slot for the top five (5) female professional finishers at the 2016 Ironman World Championship (5 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots at the 2016 Ironman World Championship will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one CHALLENGEFAMILY event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) male professional finishers at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) female professional finishers at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one CHALLENGEFAMILY event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • A total of sixteen (16) qualifying slots are available at Ironman events.

3.3 International Triathlon Union Professional Invitation Athlete Slots

  • One slot for each of the top three (3) male professional finishers at the 2016 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) female professional finishers at the 2016 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship (3 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots at the 2016 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one CHALLENGEFAMILY event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • One slot for each of the top three (3) ranked professional males in the 2016 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 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series. Rankings determined following the completion of the WTS Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico (3 slots in total).
  • All recipients of slots via the 2016 World Triathlon Series rankings will be required to validate their THECHAMPIONSHIP slot by completing one CHALLENGEFAMILY event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.
  • A total of twelve (12) slots are available for International Triathlon Union athletes

3.4 Olympic Games Professional Athlete Invitation Slots

  • One slot for each of the top five (5) finishers at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games triathlon for men (5 slots in total).
  • One slot for each of the top five (5) finishers at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games triathlon for women (5 slots in total).
  • A total of ten (10) slots for THECHAMPIONSHIP 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 CHALLENGEFAMILY event (full or half distance) within the qualification period.

3.5 New Events in the Qualification Period

  • One slot for each of the top five (5) male professional finishers at all new CHALLENGEFAMILY 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 CHALLENGEFAMILY full distance and half distance races (5 slots per race).

 

7.0 FULL INVITATIONS

A limited number of professional will be offered a full invitation to THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2017. A full invitation will include full airfare assistance (economy class), accommodation at x-bionic© sphere, meals 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 2017 is free for all professional athletes who have a valid CHALLENGEFAMILY Professional Membership.

8.2 Registration Process for Qualifiers via Challenge Family Events

Professional athletes who qualify for THECHAMPIONSHIP at any CHALLENGEFAMILY event will receive a letter of congratulations from the organizers 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 THECHAMPIONSHIP within thirty (30) days of receiving the registration code. Professional athletes who do not complete the on-line registration within the code expiry period will automatically waive their qualifying status and will be required to qualify at another CHALLENGEFAMILY or Non-CHALLENGEFAMILY 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-Challenge Family 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-Challenge Family 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 THE CHAMPIONSHIP PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE LIAISON

Professional athlete enquiries for THECHAMPIONSHIP Samorin 2017 are to be directed to CHALLENGEFAMILY Professional Athlete Liaison, Belinda Granger, via email belinda@challenge-family.com.