It is understandable that the organiser, Team Challenge GmbH, puts these words on their banners. As the "best old race", the Challenge Roth is legendary in the list of other traditional races. Successor to the Ironman Roth, the event was first held in Roth under the Challenge banner in 2002. It is now the largest full-distance triathlon event in the world. Today the little Franconian town of Roth, with its huge sporting reputation, is a showplace of success and known in the world of active people as a synonym for Triathlon.



Also legendary are the many world records, reached in Roth in more than 20 years of Triathlon history. In 1996 the German Lothar Leder was the first triathlete to finish a long distance race under the 8 hour mark, in 7:57:02. The world record time of 7:50:27, set by Luc van Lierde in 1997 remains unbeaten today. In the women's competition, Yvonne Van Vlerken from Netherlands set a new world record of 8:45:48 in 2008 and it is still valid today.


Family is the key to the Challenge organisation. The managing directors of the Team Challenge GmbH are Alice Walchshöfer and her son Felix, who, together with their team, lots of passion and enthusiasm, bring the spirit of the "Challenge" to the world of Triathlon. The Roth event attracts world-class participants plus more than 4,500 individual and relay starters of all age groups from more than 50 countries. "Brand Challenge" also stands for the unbelievable enthusiasm of more than 100,000 spectators, for the cooperation of all the people involved in the region, the participation of more than 4,000 volunteers and for the warm atmosphere within the big "Challenge Family".

Meanwhile the original race offers licences to other organisers. In Europe this year, there will be seven events in the spirit of "Challenge Roth". In Barcelona-Maremse athletes will have the chance to race the "Half-Challenge" in spring or the full distance (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) in October. In the French Niederbronn.-Les-Bains, in Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl (Austria) and in Kraichgau (Germany) there will be half distance races. In Copenhagen and of course Roth the long distance full triathlon must be done. Marathon-Photos will photograph all these races for you.















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