Legend of Triathlon celebrates 35th anniversary

About 3,400 individual participants and 650 relay teams from 75 nations, a high-class field of participants and around 260,000 spectators: This is DATEV Challenge Roth, the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, which will take place on July 1, 2018 in the German city of Roth. The race has long become a legend: The triathlon festival in the European triathlon metropolis of Roth (first edition: 1984) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

The competition starts with a 3.8 kilometers swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometers bike race and a marathon run of 42 kilometers. For the big jubilee, the run course has been changed once more. The new, flat and spectator-friendly one-lap route links the “traditional course” along the Canal with the inner city of Roth and Büchenbach. The winner of DATEV Challenge Roth will probably again cross the finish-line in less than eight hours this year. The unbelievable world’s best time established by Jan Frodeno in Roth in 2016 is 7:35:39 hours.

On July 1, the Triathlon mekka of Roth will again experience a spectacular high-class sports event under the Challenge brand. As every year, there will be an excellent field of participants including many well-known top athletes from all over the world. At the same time, DATEV Challenge Roth is a big family festival, including a great surrounding program, e. g. triathlon expo at the Roth Triathlon Park (Thursday to Monday), NightRun, Junior Challenge and Challenge forAll, Challenge Women run and a Finish-Line Party on race day. DATEV Challenge Roth starts in the early morning at 6.30 a.m. with the swim in the Main-Donau-Canal (near the Hilpoltstein landing stage) and ends with a spectacular fireworks display at the Roth triathlon stadium at 11 p.m.