Challenge Bahrain is the richest triathlon in the world, with a $500,000 prize purse. This spectacular middle-distance race attracts the cream of ITU shorter distance triathletes to compete against the best iron-distance athletes. The point-to-point course is designed to take athletes on a journey through Bahrain’s history, from the high-tech future to the roots of this ancient civilisation, dating back 4,000 years. The course includes a swim in the calm waters of Bahrain Bay; cycling past the Grand Mosque and a lap of the Bahrain International F1 Circuit. The run leg is particularly unique, traversing through the heart of a wild life park, with the athletes coming into close-quarters with the animals, before crossing the finish line at the F1 complex.