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40 years of triathlon in Roth

40 years ago, in 1984, the first triathlon event took place in Roth under the name "Franken-Triathlon" with 83 participants. Since then, a lot has happened in the local triathlon sport. And to celebrate this 40-year unprecedented development of "Fascination Triathlon" in a fitting manner, the city of Roth, the Roth District Office, the TSG 08 Roth triathlon department, the BTV and TEAMCHALLENGE have joined forces and planned various highlights.



  • Flag activity
    • Kindergartens and schools design flags Colorful flags fly high above Roth's main street, designed by schools in the city and district. Triathlon" and the "40" play a role on them. Beyond that, there are no limits to creativity. The works of art will fly over the main street in Roth during the DATEV Challenge race week.
  • Motivational chants campaign
    • Live remote cheering: sports enthusiasts from all over the world can motivate athletes

On race day of the DATEV Challenge Roth on the long and arduous stretch of the running course from Roth to Büchenbach, recorded motivational chants and cheers are to inspire the athletes. These will then be transmitted to the running course via a loudspeaker system.

The cheers will be transmitted right up to race day. This way, enthusiasts from all over the world can cheer on their athletes, even if they are not on site.

This is how it works: Record your cheers on your cell phone with the subject "Challenge-Motivation" and send it as an audio file by email to challengemotivation@vitolico.com or by WhatsApp to 09171 8526117.

  • Themed tour: 40 years of triathlon in the district of Roth
    • July 04, 2024
    • 5 p.m.
    • German / English
    • 5 euros
    • Meeting point at the Kreissportanlage/ Brentwoodstraße
    • Advance registration is not required. However, tickets can be conveniently purchased online in advance in the ticket store at www.stadt-roth.de/fuehrungen.
  • - New Walk of Triathlon location at the church
    • o Since 2015, the Walk of Triathlon has been an integral part of the Rother city center. On the circular route, you can find out everything you need to know about triathlon history. This year, in honor of the 40th anniversary of triathlon history in the district, the Walk of Triathlon will be supplemented with another station at the church.
  • - Exhibition
    • o Radio pieces from the last 40 years are presented on 145 square meters in the Triathlon Park. From professional bikes to the very first helper shirt. Here you will find everything you need for a journey through time into the world of triathlon
    • o Opening on July 03 at 12:00 pm
  • - SAVE THE DATE: Celebration evening in September on 20.09.2024 (open to all)
    • o Moderated by Florian Weiß
    • o Live music by Hip da Banda

And what about Challenge Family now?

Ironman Europe became Challenge Roth. Due to unacceptable organisational and financial demands, the contract with World Triathlon Corporation was terminated at the beginning of the new millennium. In 2002, Herbert Walchshöfer pioneered a new start after giving back the Ironman brand in 2001 - and founded the new "Quelle Challenge Roth".
The premiere on 14 July 2002 was an immediate success - and a highly convincing one: "Roth remains Roth", the newspapers championed, and "fans remain loyal to their triathlon".

After more successful events, the second race of the series followed in 2007 in Wanaka, New Zealand. From Roth, the expansion of the Challenge brand began, which after the tragic death of founder Herbert Walchshöfer, was initially divided between his widow Alice and Felix and Kathrin.

After the expansion of the series to over 35 events, we withdrew from the management of Challenge Family in 2015. Since then, we have been taking care of the triathlon classic in Roth as TEAMCHALLENGE exclusively with a small team and a lot of heart and soul.

Meanwhile, Challenge Family, based in Almere in the Netherlands, organises over 35 races around the globe. Of course, we are in regular contact with our colleagues in the series, such as attending the annual race director meeting. It is also important for us to exchange information with representatives of the Professional Triathletes Organisation, Ironman Germany, with whom we talk every year to avoid scheduling conflicts, and many independent races - all with the aim of making the race and the sport of triathlon better for fans, athletes and volunteers every year.

Our volunteers - always world class!

A lot has changed in triathlon and in Roth. Some things that used to be normal are now hard to imagine. Courses have been adapted, techniques have changed and last but not least corona has shaken things up.

What has remained the same is the enthusiasm of the many volunteers and the passion and warmth of the entire Roth triathlon district. We are particularly proud of this and extremely grateful. Because without this, triathlon in Roth would not be possible.

Challenge Roth in years