Under the lights in Daytona

Challenge Daytona will feature an evening pro race (Daytona Distance Under the Lights) around the famous Daytona International Speedway.

| March 5, 2019 | NEWS

Pro athletes will do a 15-lap bike course around the iconic Daytona International Speedway.

Pro athletes will do a 15-lap bike course around the iconic Daytona International Speedway.

Photo >Jose Luis Hourcade

After fierce thunderstorms forced officials to juggle the race schedule for the inaugural Challenge Daytona event, the pro race ended up taking place over a modified course around Daytona International Speedway, one of the world's most famous car racing tracks. The pros raced in the afternoon after the storms had gone through the region, while the age group competitors took part in a modified race of their own earlier in the day in an attempt to beat the worst of the rain storms.

The afternoon event turned out to be a hit for the pros, who suggested that organizers do something similar for this year's race.

And they listened. This year's pro event will take place on the Saturday evening at 4:30 PM, after the sprint and kids races. The following day the age-group half-distance race will take place, so athletes in every event should be able to watch some of the world's best triathletes rip through the 1 mile swim, 37.5 mile bike (15 laps of the iconic speedway) and 8.2-mile run.

"I've been racing for 15 years and this is truly one of the coolest experiences I have ever had racing," said last year's women's champion, Sarah Haskins (USA), after her win. "The venue, the organizers, the volunteers, the fans - just incredible."

Haskins' experience should be even more impressive this year as the track lights will come on at 5:30 PM, providing a truly unique race experience "under the lights."