The decision was taken following organisers’ concerns with the course’s safety and the lack of available time to negotiate suitable alternatives. Race director, Grant Kunneke, said while the postponement was a hugely difficult decision to make, the athletes’ safety was paramount and essential to the future of Challenge Cape Town.
“Both Challenge and the City of Cape Town are committed to staging a successful event in 2012 and we’re delighted that many of our major stakeholders and sponsors have recommitted for 2012, such is their strong belief in this event,” he said. “We explored all available options before making this tough decision and are confident this is the right decision for the long term benefit of the athletes and the event.”
Challenge Cape Town was to have been the final race in 2011’s global roll out of new Challenge Family long distance triathlons which included successful new Challenge races in Fuerteventura in Spain, Cairns in Australia, Aarhus in Denmark, Vichy in France and Henley-on-Thames in the UK.
“This is the hardest thing we have dealt with in Challenge’s history as this affects so many athletes and their families,” said Felix Walchshöfer, Challenge Family CEO. “However, it is the correct decision as we will never compromise the safety of our athletes nor the quality of experience we deliver them. We will now continue our good working relationship with the City of Cape Town and our team in South Africa to deliver an outstanding event in 2012.”
All athletes registered for Challenge Cape Town will receive either a refund or a guaranteed place at Challenge Cape Town 2012. Athletes who choose to roll over to 2012 will receive a free relay entry for friends or family. Dates for the 2012 event are to be confirmed.