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VLD: Venice Long Distance, interview with Race Director Matteo Gerevini

VLD: Venice Long Distance, interview with Race Director Matteo Gerevini

In 2018 a new distance will be added to Challenge Venice: VLD (Venice Long Distance). The race will have the same swim course of Challenge Venice Full Distance (3.8 km), followed by 133 km bike and 22 km run. It will be a 3.8-133-22 race, shorter than an Ironman (or Full Distance event) and longer than an Half Distance (or 70.3). The race will start few minutes after the Full Distance, and the finish line will be the same. The number of participants for the first year will be limited to 150 individual and 10 relays, and it will not be allowed the participation to the PRO.

We interviewed Challenge Venice’s Race Director Matteo Gerevini, to listen directly from him the main aspect of this new race.

What is the reason of the creation of VLD?

“We have received several requests in the last years  regarding the possibility to organize an Half Distance together with the Full Distance, but we cannot do it because the physical distance between the heart of Venice (where the swim start) and the coast is exactly 3.8 km, so we cannot do any swim shorter than that. So we have decided to invent a new “spurious” distance (3.8-133-22), similar to the ITU Long Distance (4-120-30), that is still a very hard race, but with a less challenging run course, that will allowed a much faster recover after the race. There are a lot of triathletes in the world that are dreaming about racing in Venice: with this distance we will allowed to 150 more to reach their dream, in a relatively easier way!

Is it a totally different course compare with the Full Distance or not?

No, the course is basically the same, with one lap less in the bike circuit and two less in the run course, so all the technical aspect of the two races will be the same (start line, finihs line, aid station, technical support, medical support….). The goodie bag will be the same of the Full Distance, while the thsirt and the medal for the finishers will be different.

Is there a target triathlete that can be interested in VLD?

There is a wide target of potential triathletes that are interested in VLD: from the athletes that do not feel ready yet for an Ironman or Full Distance Race (but that consider a 70.3 too easy) to all the triathletes that are registered to the Ironman and Full Distance races of the summer (Klagenfurth, Nice, Frankfurth, Roth, Hamburg, Zurich…) and that are looking for a last, challenging test before the key event. With a run that is similar to a 70.3 and a swim and bike much closer to a full Ironman, VLD will allowed to have a great test without stressing the leg with a full marathon. We will have only 150 spot available, and we are sure that we will sell out pretty quickly.

Will there be a final ranking?

Of course, we will have awards for all the Age Group categories, man and female (the award ceremony will be on monday morning together with the full distance), but we will not accept any PRO because the race will be Age Group only.