All details 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships: races, registration and more!

Hi athlete!

The 2020 ITU Multisport World Championships will take place in Almere from September 4th to September 13th.

In this newsletter:
– World Championships races
– Open races
– Middle Distance 2020
– Recommended Challenge Family Middle Distance races!
– Recommended Middle Distance in The Netherlands!

World Championship races: registration via your National Triathlon Federation

Registration for one or more World Championships races can only be done via your national triathlon federation. In some cases there are additional qualification requirements. In case of the NTB (Dutch Triathlon Federation), the qualification requirements are described here:

The ITU Multisport World Championships will contain 6 World Championships races:

5 september
Sprint Duathlon (5k – 20k – 2.5k)
6 september
Standard Duathlon (10k – 40k – 5k)
8 september
Cross Triathlon (1K – 29.5 K – 7.5K) and Junior (500m – 9.5K – 2.5K)
10 september
Aquathlon (1K – 5K)
12 september
Aquabike (3.8K – 180K)
12 september
Long Distance Triathlon (3.8K – 180K – 42.2K)

Open Races Challenge Almere-Amsterdam 2020 

In addition to the World Championships races, we organise a number of open races as well. As these races aren’t World Championships, no qualification requirements are needed for these open races and the registration does take place directly via our organisation. Your National Triathlon Federation has nothing to do with these open series races. Down below you’ll find all the open series races, for which registration has opened right away via

September 5th          Open Sprint Duathlon                      (5k – 20k – 2.5k)
September 10th        Junior Challenge                              (0.38k – 18k – 4.2k)
September 10th        Business / Family-Relay                 (3 times: 0.38k – 6k – 2k)
September 11th        Senior- / No-Limit Challenge
September 12th        Long Distance Triathlon                   (3.8k – 180k – 42,195k)
September 12th        Long Distance Triathlon TriTogether (3.8k – 180k – 42,195k with 3 team members) 

Please note the conditions below:


-The Open Series Long Distance race has a limited number of entries (max. 200 individual + TriTogether, so beware this will sell out quickly!).

-Because registration for the World Championships races are taken care of via your National Triathlon Federation and Open Races by us, you can’t switch your chosen race after registration. Make sure to pick the right one in advance!

No Middle Distance 2020

Due to additional requirements for the World Championships Long Distance and Aquabike, we didn’t find any possibility to organize a Middle Distance in 2020 as well. In 2021, when our ‘regular’  CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM returns, our Middle Distance is back on our scheduled calendar. If you want to race any other Middle Distance in 2020, there are plenty of options. We highly recommend you the following races down below!

Recommended Middle Distances 2020!

Instead of our  CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM Middle Distance, you can choose for a lot of other very challenging races! For example the iconic  CHALLENGEGERAARDSBERGEN (see picture below) in Belgium. During this race you will cross the world famous ‘Muur van Geraardsbergen’ twice! But also CHALLENGEHERNING in Denmark (very close to Legoland!) and CHALLENGEHEILBRONN, in Germany, are highly recommended! 

June 7th          Challenge Geraardsbergen 

June 13th       Challenge Herning 

June 21st       Challenge Heilbronn 

Recommended Middle Distance in The Netherlands!

Of course we also like to see you at the start of TRI AMSTERDAM (make sure to check the amazing video below!). This race will take place on June 21st and our organization team is closely involved. This high quality race will of course take place in our amazing capital Amsterdam. You will swim in ‘de Amstel’ (most famous river of the city), bike through spectacular, typical Dutch landscapes, run through the city and have a nice finish next to the Amstel again. Registration is open already!

June 21st        TRI AMSTERDAM

If you register before January 1st and use the code ‘CAA2020-MIDDLE’ at your registration, you will receive a free ‘Triathletes Never Quit’ hoodie! 


The Executive Board of ITU has met during two days in the Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia, just ahead of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final to debate and decide on several important issues, including the 2019 competition calendar, the new services for National Federations or the cities that will host the 2021 and 2022 Grand Final. After reviewing the bids of the different cities interested on hosting our mayor events, the ITU Executive Board has decided to award the 2021 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final to Bermuda, with Abu Dhabi hosting the Grand Final in 2022. The Board also discussed the 2020 edition of the Multisport Championships, and decided to award it to Almere, in the Netherlands.

“I am really satisfied of the intense work we have done, especially on two main aspects for our future as an organization: the cities willing to host one of our major events, and the development programmes and the way we work with the National Federations in order to continue to push our sport and bring it to the next level of participation and engagement”, said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.

“I feel really confident that with the work that we have been doing during last year, and the commitment from all the Board members and ITU staff, we will continue to push our organization even further. We do have more presence and impact now on both the Olympic and the Paralympic movement, our financial statements are on track, we still are a role model on good governance and we have our Strategic Plan in place and setting up the path for the next few years, so we can proudly say that 2018 has been an excellent season by all means for us”, she said.

The Board agreed that the three strong and sustainable Organising Committees awarded with major events in the upcoming years –Bermuda, Abu Dhabi and Almere- will guarantee the level of excellence required for the pinnacle of ITU’s events, and is convinced that we will work together in order to continue growing our sport.

One of the main topics of the Executive Board meeting was the review of the competition structure for the upcoming years, trying to balance events across the world and extend the calendar to give as many opportunities as we can to all athletes to compete near their continents. The Board members also reviewed the 2019 calendar, that will be presented to Congress.
With a changing environment and to ensure the global leadership of ITU within the sports community, the Board continued working on the good governance practices and the Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.

After the reports from the Continental Presidents on their activities for the last 12 months, the Board also reviewed the recently created National Federations Services department, to establish and maintain continuous communication and constructive working relationship with all the National Federations, to help all our members to develop triathlon within their own territories. A new concept of Development events has been approved in this regard.

The Board also approved the 2018 budget to be presented for approval to Congress. Next meeting of the Board will be in November in Luxor (Egypt).


With the allocation of the European Championship Long Distance in 2019, the organization of CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM is adjusting its race schedule slightly compared to previous editions. For example, the Junior Challenge moves one day forward and the races on Sunday will be moved. This gives extra focus to Saturday, when the European Championship Long Distance is held but also the very popular Middle Distance.

According to Race Director Richard Belderok, this new schedule is not only related to the European Championship, but just as much with the World Championship that will be organized a year later, in 2020. ,,We will organize six different races in a week then and these races will be hosted on two different locations”, referring to the Esplanade but also the Kemphaan. ,,We try to make both 2019 and 2020 event schedules as identical as possible.”

This means that this year – 2019 – the Junior Challenge will be held on Thursday 12nd September: one day earlier than usual. Usually this race was always held on Fridays. On Thursday 12th 2019 also the Business Relay will take place, a race that normally always was held on Sundays. This year this race will end with a big party on Thursday evening.

The No Limit & Senior Challenge will still be held on Friday 13th September, but there will be no other races on this day. ,,This allows us to start the athlete briefings earlier and gives us even more time and attention for the athletes who will start the Long Distance or Middle Distance on Saturday”, explains Belderok. ,,And this also allows participants to check in their bikes earlier and for longer time on Friday, the day before race day. This will enable us to improve the quality of our race. Of course there will be a pasta party on Friday and triathletes will get the opportunity to test our swimming course.”

Saturday, 14th September in 2019, remains unchanged in terms of schedule. Then both the Long Distance (this year the European Championship) and the Middle Distance will take place. On Sunday 15th September there will be no Business Relay – which has been moved to Thursday – and the Eredivisie final, which has been held in Almere for a number of years, will be removed from the race schedule. ,,We will use the Sunday for the award ceremony: especially in the case of an European Championship we think that there should be full attention for that. But we also organize a big party to thank all of our volunteers.”

This year, the organization of CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM is organizing the National Championships Cross Triathlon on 8th September as well. ,,So this year we already have several races, spread over several days.”


It’s a big name in the Dutch Cross Triathlon scene: Joep Staps became National Champion Cross Triathlon in 2018 and is therefore the ideal person to be the first athlete to test the Dutch Championships (2019) and World Championships (2020) bike track for Cross Triathlon. He has already done so and his first reaction speaks volumes: ,,This is amazing. It’s really a very attractive course.”

In 2019 Challenge Almere-Amsterdam of course organizes the Dutch Championships Cross Triathlon in September and one year later, in 2020, the ITU Multisport World Championships will follow. Part of this World Championships will be the Cross Triathlon. Staps is already looking forward to both championships and was allowed to explore the bike course last week. He rode both the 7 kilometers loop over Braambergen, including 200 altitude meters per lap, and the 7 flatter but technical kilometers over De Kemphaan. ,,The course is not only cool, but also varied. The track builders have really done their best”, Staps says in a first reaction.

Already after 200 meters of biking he called the course ‘cool’. ,,And that feeling has only become bigger now that I’ve been allowed to ride the whole course. You expect Almere to be flat, but the track has big differences in height. It has steep, fast and technical parts. This is definitely a course that makes it very hard to get into your rhythm. That makes it nice but challenging.”

In any case, according to Staps, it is a course that suits him well. ,,I don’t get scared of it, but I really want to race it. I will definitely come to Almere to defend my National title and hope to be back for the World Championships as well.”