2016-07-16

Men are just extras

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Men are just extras
The mixture of sports and entertainment is what makes the Challenge Women Run special. A mixture, for which some 2000 happy and motivated women laced up their running shoes this year.

 

For well trained runners, 5,5 km are not really a challenge and also the course, which doesn't count with many ascents is not that challenging. Nevertheless, since its premier 3 years ago, the „Challenge Woman Run“ has become a hit.

More than that: Running it is just the thing to do and women get right in the middle of the triathlon fever. To be part of it is even more fun than being a mere spectator.

That goes for top athletes, too. Carrie Lester was amazed when when she saw a sea of orange and all the smiling faces at the start line. Also Belinde Granger, „everybodys darling“ in Roth, who, together with Nicole Leder, leads the field of the runners, is fascinated.

The race turns super fit male athletes into supporting staff, who get water cups for their wives and girlfriends. Or some cool prosecco – but that is just behind the finish line.

Not beautiful girls in short skirts hand out the medals, as it is done at the Tour de France, but fit men take over as „medal-girls“. Funky music to get warmed up before the start and fingernail „tattoos“ and wellness shakes after the finish. In between a laid-back round of running with friends, mothers or sisters. Just do as you please. That goes  for the tempo, too.

Anne-Mari from England shows, how fast it can be done when she finishes after just 17 minutes. The Nordic Walkers from starting group 4 take it easier. Only when the „queen of triathlon“, Chrissie Wellington, shows up to cheer them on, they step it up – to get a selfie with her.

In good spirits, patient and with her trademark smile, the 3-time winner of DATEV Challenge Roth poses with many fans.

Pro meets hobby athlete, sport meets fun, team spirit meets entertainment – that is the Challenge Women Run. Nevermind the length of the course, its level of difficulty oder its ascents.

 

 

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