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Challenge Almere-Amsterdam is the oldest race in the world outside of Hawaii and the only one below sea level! If you are not convinced yet why you should participate in this race, read the five reasons why.

  • When you race in Almere, you are part of triathlon history
  • The only race in the world below sea level
  • it doesn't matter if you are first or last, by entering you are already a hero
  • Fast, flat course: the only rivals are the wind and you
  • Beautiful contrast between endless polder roads and urban bustle with thousands of spectators

About the race

The Almere course is the world’s only long distance triathlon course located below sea level on reclaimed land at the bottom of what was once the Zuiderzee (South Sea). Almere is just 25km from the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, one of the most famous cities in Europe. Still surrounded by water, the course features the typical Dutch landscapes renowned the world over – dikes, windmills, tulip fields and endless straight, fast roads where the battle is between you and the elements. 

The course

The start and finish of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam will take place in the heart of the Almere’s city centre, on the Esplanade, an area renowned for its culture and futuristic architecture.

The two-lap swim takes place in the Weerwater, adjacent to the Esplanade. The name means ‚water again‘, as this lake was dug after the city of Almere was reclaimed from the Zuiderzee, bringing the water back.

The bike course will take athletes through the province of Flevoland, racing along the former Zuiderzee seabed, between dikes and windmills. The run course features six laps of 7km through the city of Almere, alternating between modern architecture and calming nature and green spaces surrounding the Weerwater.

Go to the Challenge Almere-Amsterdam website for registration and more information.