28.02.2019

New star rising in the Roth sky

New star rising in the Roth sky
Local hero Sebastian Reinwand is aiming for a sub-eight at his first long distance

ROTH. For the triathlon district of Roth, a new star is rising in the sky:
31-year-old Sebastian Reinwand from Kammerstein near Roth, already renowned as a highly successful marathon runner, will complete his first long-distance triathlon at DATEV Challenge Roth and has set himself the goal of breaking the magical eight hours on his debut.

"I have achieved my personal goals in the marathon and I needed a new challenge,” explained Reinwand regarding his strong running career. When training under Leonhard Schroll at SC Roth 52 (today TSG 08 Roth), he sought competition among the strongest runners and in 2009 was the fastest runner in the Roth district. His breakthrough came at a national level in 2012, when he made the top eight at the German championships and ran the first 10km in under 30 minutes. His latest personal career highlight was 2018 as German runner-up in the marathon nationals with a time of 2:15:27, qualifying for the European Championships in Berlin. He fulfilled his childhood dream of "starting in the national jersey" and finished in 33rd. Shortly afterwards he made the decision to end his running career at its peak and to switch to triathlon.

He has trained for triathlon’s ultimate distance since the summer of 2018 and will race DATEV Challenge Roth as a professional. Sebastian was supported in his decision by Dan Lorang, coach of World Champion Jan Frodeno, with whom he had met for an assessment of his sporting capabilities. Dan Lorang brought him into contact with Christoph Grosskopf and the well-known sports scientist Sebastian Zeller. Großkopf and Zeller will personally look after Sebastian as coach and sports scientist on the Sub8 project. Simply finishing for fun in Roth and "just" targeting Sub9 would not be enough for the highly competitive athlete. He wants to test his limits and break through the Sub8 barrier with the clock in the finish line stadium showing 7:59 hours or less.

In addition to his running skills, Reinwand is also a strong swimmer thanks to his former training partner, Dorian Wagner, who holds the Challenge Roth county record (8:19). Reinwand swam as part of a relay in the 2018 DATEV Challenge Roth, posting a time of 54 minutes. In cycling he can count on, among other things, the support of Fritz Buchstaller. Reinwand feels confident and even a traffic accident which resulted in a knee injury only temporarily slowed him. "This only spurred me on to be among the best at my Challenge debut and deliver a top performance in under eight hours. The fascination of Roth has completely consumed me!”

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