EPIC5 Challenge Ultra Triathlon Draws Record Number of International Participants for May 2017 Event

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5 Iron Distance Triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in 5 Days. Athletes from Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, France, Spain and the USA to embark on a 703 mile journey.

Mankind has long sought to test the limits of human endurance with feats of conquest. Climbing Mount Everest, the Tour de France, and swimming the English Channel have all presented formidable challenges to those who’ve accepted the obstacles each of these endeavors has presented.

In just over a week, from May 5-9, the standards in human endurance will be shattered once again as ten athletes attempt to complete five iron distance triathlons in just five days on five Hawaiian Islands in what’s known as the EPIC5 Challenge. That’s 140.6 miles each day (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike & 26.2 mile run) for a total of 703 miles. A spiritual voyage, not a race, the EPIC5 Challenge is an unprecedented athletic journey and a once in a lifetime triathlon adventure, often dubbed as the Amazing Race meets Ironman on steroids.

Kauai, Hawaii will launch the event on May 5th at 6:00am, and each participant will have 15 hours to complete the circuit. A flight to Oahu in the evening will put the athletes in position to start their second day. On May 7th, Molokai will be the stage for the third leg, with Maui to host the fourth day. The climactic ending will occur on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the renowned endurance sports venue of Kona will greet the athletes on the final day. Here, they’ll wrap up the 703 mile trek on the Big Island, expected to go into the wee early hours of the morning.

The event was founded in 2010 when Jason Lester and Rich Roll set out to complete what many deemed the impossible. Since then, some of the world’s toughest ultra triathletes have participated in this annual event, testing the limits of mind, body & spirit as they embark on a passage to discover the depths of oneself. This year will feature more athletes than ever before with an event in both May & September.

For the May 2017 event, athletes will travel from around the globe:

  •     Armando Armellini (Texas, USA)
  •     Chad Esker (Wisconsin, USA)
  •     Duncan Tebb (Australia)
  •     Ignacio Garcia Vaquero (Spain)
  •     Juan A. Craveri (Argentina)
  •     Laurent Gambotti (France)
  •     Melissa Urie (Australia)
  •     Michal Šubrt (Czech Republic)
  •     Patricio Doucet (Spain)
  •     Tim Sheeper (California, USA)

For more information about this incredible test of the human spirit, visit http://www.epic5.com.

For sponsorship information, or to schedule an interview with any of the athletes, please contact Rebecca Morgan, Race Director, rebecca(at)epic5(dot)com

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