Challenge DAYTONA International Speedway!
Are you ready to swim, bike and run at the World Center of Racing?
From December 4th-6th, Daytona International Speedway will welcome triathletes and triathlon fans from around the world to Challenge DAYTONA.
- Dec 6th
- Dec 5th
- Dec 6th
PRO-AM SPRINT RELAY “UNDER THE LIGHTS”
The unique CHALLENGEDAYTONA Pro-am event let’s you race as an amateur in a team with a PRO athlete!
Pro-am teams will compete in a sprint triathlon on December 4, 2020, at 6:00 pm. The late start is also designed to create an unprecedented sensory experience, as the lights at Daytona International Speedway®—normally reserved solely for NASCAR racing, sports cars and Supercross —will illuminate the track at 5:30 p.m., just as the Florida sunsets and the pros speed around the track. The sprint triathlon consists of an 800-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. Professional triathletes will complete the swim segment of the sprint triathlon, while age-group athletes will perform the run or bike.
Age group athletes will have an opportunity to participate on a relay team with their favorite professional triathlete by bidding. The bidders compete against each other, with each subsequent bid being higher than the previous bid. All bidders will receive SMS text messaging and email when they are outbid. The winning bidder will be placed on the pro-am relay team. Bid monies raised will benefit The NASCAR Foundation.
2020 Athletes and bidding will be announced in the fall of 2020.
MIDDLE DISTANCE TRIATHALON
The Middle Distance race starts with a 1.2-mile, one-loop swim in the calm waters of Lake Lloyd, within sight of the iconic Daytona International Speedway track. Athletes will enter the water via a grass ramp, swim a single counter-clockwise loop, and exit via ramp to the Transition Area. The water temperature in Lake Lloyd is typically between 68 and 72 degrees.
After a quick transition, you’ll enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to race two and a half laps around Daytona International Speedway by bike. Next, you’ll race around the track two and half times and exit out the track after turn two with a move that will send you off onto the course like a rocket. You’ll race on roads named after celebrated NASCAR drivers, adding inspiration to an already exciting ride. On the journey we will take you out west on Highway 92 in fully protected lanes both out and on your return to the Daytona International Speedway to begin the run.
Finally, it’s time for a half marathon like you’ve only imagined. The run takes you on four excitement-filled laps of the track—running where NASCAR history is made. You’ll finish in the FanZone to the roar of the crowds, like countless sporting legends who have come before you. Maybe you won’t hit the speeds that NASCAR drivers clock, but it’s sure to be a fast run, fueled by the enthusiasm and energy of the crowds. It’s also sure to be an experience you’ll never forget!
MIDDLE DISTANCE DUATHALON
Challenge this! Don’t want to tackle the entire triathlon? You can still bike and run at Daytona International Speedway, the iconic “World Center of Racing,” during the CHALLENGEDAYTONA festival weekend. Choose from Sprint or Middle Distance in the run-bike-run duathlon format. December 5 2020, Duathlon Middle Distance it’s on!
MIDDLE DISTANCE AQUABIKE
Challenge this! Don’t want to tackle the entire triathlon? You can still swim and bike at Daytona International Speedway, the iconic “World Center of Racing,” during the CHALLENGEDAYTONA festival weekend. December 5, 2020, it’s on!
Kids ages 6-17 are invited to be a part of the Junior Challenge! Our Junior Challenge athletes will experience the same atmosphere of the Daytona International Speedway.
There are two categories:
Ages 6-10: swim 100 meters in the calm waters of Lake Lloyd, head to the 3 mile bike loop, transition into run gear, and complete a .5-mile run to the finish line.
Ages 11-17: swim 200 meters in the calm waters of Lake Lloyd, head to the 6 mile bike loop, transition into run gear, and complete a 1-mile run to the finish line.
Registration fee is $30. Join the fun!
Juniors aged 13 to 17 may participate in either Sprint Distance or Junior Challenge
5K RUN/WALK AND 10K RUN
Challenge this! Run 5K at Daytona International Speedway®, the iconic “World Center of Racing®”, during the CHALLENGEDAYTONA festival weekend. December 5, 2020, it’s on!
Challenge this! Run 10K at Daytona International Speedway®, the iconic “World Center of Racing®”, during the CHALLENGEDAYTONA festival weekend. December 5, 2020, it’s on!
SPRINT DISTANCE TRIATHALON
Challenge this! Swim, bike, and run at Daytona International Speedway, the iconic “World Center of Racing,” during the CHALLENGEDAYTONA festival weekend. December 6, 2020, it’s on!
The Sprint Distance triathlon will kick off the racing action at CHALLENGEDAYTONA. Individual athletes and relay teams alike are invited to take on the .5-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run course.
Similar to the Middle Distance race, the start and finish are at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, with the entire course inside the Daytona International Speedway venue. You’ll ride and run right on the track! Whether you race as an individual or as part of a team, you’ll experience the awe of this unique venue, rich with sporting heritage. Be ready for one of the most special experiences of your life!
Minimum age: 13
SPRINT DISTANCE DUATHALON
Challenge this! Don’t want to tackle the entire triathlon? You can still bike and run at Daytona International Speedway, the iconic “World Center of Racing,” during the CHALLENGEDAYTONA festival weekend. Choose from Sprint or Middle Distance in the run-bike-run duathlon format. December 6 2020, Duathlon Sprint Distance it’s on!
PTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
This year the pro race at CHALLENGEDAYTONA will be the PTO Middle Distance World Championship. The best athletes in the world will battle each other for the $1,000,000 prize purse, all within the Daytona International Speedway®️ property. Adding to the excitement at the 2020 event will be the enhanced schedule and atmosphere for athletes and spectators alike. The entire course is optimized for viewing, with opportunities for spectators to get up close and cheer for their favorite pros midway through the swim, all along the bike and run legs, and at each transition juncture.
The PTO Middle Distance World Championship will take place on Sunday, December 6th. The start time provides prime viewing for age group athletes competing in either Saturday’s Middle Distance events or Sunday’s Sprint Distance events.
The PTO Middle Distance World Championship is a qualification race, with the TOP 40 PTO-ranked male and female athletes fighting for the title.
For any questions regarding the pro race, you can send an e-mail to Dylan McNeice.
Ready for something special? Something you can’t do anywhere else? We’re talking about our Pitstop Challenge—a unique, NASCAR-inspired event, tailored to triathletes. Competitors will ride into the pit lane and replace their two bike tires as fast as possible, in a race against the clock. Are you up for the challenge? Can you handle the pressure? For the sake of motivation, you should know that the fastest NASCAR pitstop is about 8 seconds. No, you won’t break that record—but let’s see how close you can come! No pre-registration necessary for the Pitstop Challenge. Simply show up and start!