The Deep Heat Challenge Melbourne event is set to showcase some of the best International athletes in the Triathlon world on April 9 at Catani Gardens.

Run and operated by Sports Media and Entertainment 360, the long course triathlon event will be recognised as the 2017 Official Challenge Asia Pacific Championships and professional athletes will fight it out for a $30,000 prize purse and the title of Asia-Pacific Champion.

Set in the world class, picturesque bayside location of Catani Gardens in St Kilda, over 1500 professional and age group athletes will be competing for the title.

Australian Professional Triathlete Dan Wilson said that he is looking forward to racing the course.

“I’m really excited to be coming down to race Challenge Melbourne, having come from an International Triathlon Union (ITU) background for the last 10 years, it’s really exciting for me to get to new races for the first time” he said.

“I’m looking forward to pinning on a Challenge number.”

Similarly, Melbourne local, twenty two year old Lachlan Kerin has said that Challenge Melbourne provides a once off opportunity to race a long distance triathlon on the roads and paths where he has trained to become an international athlete.

“Having been a part of the pro race since it’s inception at Brighton, I always look forward to Challenge Melbourne as an opportunity to test myself against a great field whilst also getting to sleep in my own bed! The move to St Kilda this year provides an even more spectacular opportunity and an exciting prospect to showcase Melbourne to those from out of state” he said.