Frank Lowery, of Lowery’s Multisport Races, in coordination with Centra, a Las Vegas-based commercial developer, announced today they will join forces to offer a $100,000 prize purse to any combination relay team that can break the eight-hour mark on the Nevada Silverman course. The Nevada Silverman is an Ironman-distance triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run held annually in Henderson, Nevada.
“This challenge opens up the sport of triathlons in the sense that we are no longer just attracting triathletes to the Silverman; we are opening the doors to the best runners, bikers and swimmers in the world -- that may not otherwise extend their normal athletic careers into the triathlon community,” said Lowery. “We are challenging athletes in all three sports to form a dream team and go home with $100,000.”
Although it has been achieved by several athletes, [including Chris McCormack, Faris al-Sultan, Luc Van Lierde, Lothar Leder and others], cracking eight hours still maintains an allure as the time to beat. Relay teams that take on the Silverman challenge can consist of any combination of professional or amateur athletes. For more information, or to sign up for the Silverman Triathlon please visit www.silvermannv.com or www.active.com.
The Nevada Silverman Triathlon intends to initiate in-competition drug testing at the 2006 event. All participants will be subject to testing, which will be conducted in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s International Standards for Doping Control. The specific details of the testing program will be announced to all participants prior to the event.
The Silverman Triathlon is a full-distance triathlon held in Henderson, Nevada. Branded as the toughest course in North America by "The Man" himself, Dave Scott, and echoed by the 244 finishers from 2005, the Nevada Silverman is sure to attract individuals and relay teams from around the world in 2006. This year’s event, sponsored by Centra, the City of Henderson, Interstate Plumbing and Storage One, will take place Sunday, November 12, 2006. For registration or more information on the Nevada Silverman Full Distance Triathlon please visit www.silvermannv.com.