The distance of this year's Zugspitz Extremberglauf in Germany was shortened due to snowfall in the upper third of the course. An alternative route guided the 480 runners to the Grubigalm near Lermoos, a distance of 13km rather than the usual 18km.

Runners understood the course change. Without it, they would have faced 60cm of snow, strong winds and temperatures below zero.

The route took runners up to 700m above sea level and passed through the valley towards Lermoos, with spectacular views to the impressive Wetterstein mountain and the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.

All runners finished safely, most in time to receive their souvenir medals recording the achievement.

Uli Dammenmüller finished first in 56:21.9 minutes at the Grubigalm. Asked at the finish about his success, he said that the shorter course was much easier to run. Madleine Lorenz won the women's race in 1:12:31 hours.

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Nothing quite prepared triathletes or supporters for the surroundings until they arrived for the first IRONTOWN Triathlon Ferropolis in Gräfenhainichen, Germany.

Once there, they discovered a course set around 60 years history of industry, with 7,000 tons of steel at the former coal mining site framing the deep blue water of the Gremminer lake - plus a perfect infra-structure with grand stands, sanitary facilities, car park and campground.

Ferropolis, the "city made of steel" near Dessau, Sachsen Anhalt, is a realm of giants, with its historical, huge coal dredgers, measuring up to 30m high, 120m long and weighing up to 1980 tons.

This open-air museum is the perfect place for opera and music festivals from around the world. Now it's also a base for the IRONTOWN Triathlon.

With choices of Half, Sprint and Olympic distances, this new event offered professionals and amateur athletes the chance to race. The inaugural weekend attracted entries from 1040 athletes from 10 countries.

Konstantin Bachot won the feature Half Triathlon event in 3:51:18 hours while the women's winner was Sandra Wallenhorst, in 4:23:46 hours.

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