Turku is the old capital of Finland and a vivid medieval city spread along the banks of river Aura by the Baltic Sea. Turku is a destination filled with events and things to do, not to mention historic sights as the castle and the cathedral. Turku has been a source of the urban legends since 1229!
The CHALLENGE TURKU race weekend takes place in and around historic Turku on the 11th of August (Junior and Sprint) and on the 12th of August (Half Distance) 2018. With guaranteed atmosphere, the race offers fast and functional courses. Challenge Turku 2018 edition will be the fourth year for the event.
The Race Office and the Expo are located at Varvintori Square and the Transition Area (T1 and T2) is located in front of Forum Marinum and in the immediate vicinity.
The swimming leg takes place on the mouth of River Aura in front of the Transition Area and the Expo Area. The finish line at the end of the running portion brings you to the event square Varvintori on the river Aura near the city center. Service and facilities for competitors are located in the Race Center at Varvintori and will be serving guests throughout the race weekend.
Turku attracts tourists due to its history as the oldest city in Finland, its active cultural life and due to the extremely beautiful nature featured by the archipelago.
Racing in Turku is a whole family experience. Race centre is at walking distance from the downtown hotels enabling flexible way to explore the city and its vicinity both by the athletes and by their family members / support teams.
Being the host of many excellent restaurants representing wide spectrum of cuisines, Turku is ready to service all tastes and styles.
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