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Big Move, Little Purse: News From Challenge
CHALLENGEFAMILY INTRODUCES A WORLD RANKING FOR PRO-ATHLETES
CHALLENGEFAMILY has decided to expand the successful European Money Ranking in 2018 to a so-called CHALLENGEFAMILY World Ranking. This means that professional Athletes can earn points not only in European races, but also in races outside of Europe. The earned points count up in a final ranking at the end of the season with a total bonus prize purse of $165.000.
The total prize purse $165.000 for the worldwide ranking will pay 5 deep for both male and female athletes. The overall winners will take home $30.000. Second place will earn $20.000, third and fourth place $15.000 and $12.000 consecutively and fifth place winner will pocket $5.000.
More details: http://www.challenge-family.com/news/challenge-family-introduces-a-world-ranking-for-pro-athletes/
At a glance, it looks like they are trying to make a move on WTC, but without the $$$. Compare to WTC payouts, where this is peanuts compared to some of the regional championships:http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/pro-membership/event-registration.aspx#axzz5CNMkPdHs
Challenge has a prize purse worth "a minimum of" 150,000 Euros for The Championship, vs. $650,000 for Kona (my math tells me that's 3.5x more). But this announcement sounds like something closer to the Triple Crown $1 million payout. On a tinier scale.
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