Looks like there won't be a 2013 Elephant Man triathlon or a 2013 Damit Man triathlon. Those two triathlons will be replaced by the Jornada del Muerto and the ChupaCabra Challenge, both being held on September 29th. The Jornada del Muerto is a long course triathlon which means its a 70.3 distance triathlon. The ChupaCabra Challenge is a sprint distance triathlon. Both triathlons will be on a very difficult course and can be guaranteed to be a suffer fest!
Jornada del Muerto and the ChupaCabra Challenge are both part of the Chasing 3
open water series. The chasing 3 open water series is awesome. The NM open water series has done more in a couple years to promote multisport than any other group has in the 8 years I've been doing triathlons. The NM open water series offers tens of
thousands of dollars in awards to the age group winners.
So far all of
the other races that have become part of the chasing 3 NM open water series have
ended up not being in the South West Challenge Series. If this continues
there won't be anymore New Mexico open water triathlon races in the SWCS. If all the
quality triathlons leave the SWCS I doubt the series will continue to be in
existence. That makes me sad. The SWCS is the oldest and largest multisport
series in the world. I've enjoyed the SWCS immensely.
I copied this from an email the race director sent
The Jornada del Muerto is New Mexicos 2nd long course triathlon! This race takes its name from the
Jornada del Muerto, and should be as tough as the original, but not as death
defying. With a bike turn around at New Mexico's SpacePort America this race
will be an interesting combination of the past and our future.
Then at 8
am we start the ChupaCabra Challenge! Our newest sprint course. This beautiful
hilly course will take you to places on the lake you have never been. The view
from the east side of the lake is nothing short of amazing.