Some 1700 fit women had a blast at the „Challenge Women 2014“
Some ran the 5k course, which is partly identical to Sunday's course, just for fun while some wanted to show that the athlete's partners are fit, too. And some women were competing for real while running or walking along the course.
Two of the few men, which were present at the „Challenge Women“: Biathlet Andi Birnbacher and DATEV Challenge Roth announcer Tobias Koedel. Photo: Christoph Raithel
The fastest woman needed, under a burning sun, a cloudless sky and with temperatures beyond 30 degrees, just 18:43 minutes to finish the race. Jasmin Ackermann from Büchenbach was the first to cross the finish line and was a bit surprised herself. „I had hoped to be among the first ten.“ It were the teammates from her basketball team who talked her into it in the first place, but the fit young woman admitted: „Triathlon hasn't been my sport before, but I starts to grow on me.“
Some cheering and waving before the race… Photo: Christoph Raithel
Shortly after Jasmin, Stephanie Pummer from Heideck reached the finish line. She is a veteran of many years at the „Challenge Women“. „I was here last year and next year I will be here, too. That's just how it's got to be.“, she said cheerfully at the finish line. The third-placed was Kim Hickey from Ireland, who acompanies her boyfriend who will compete in Sunday's race. She raves about the great support from the fans along the course. „I was here last year, but this year, it was even a little better.“
There were ambitious competitors among the walkers, too. The fastest of them was Nina Auenhammer from Roth, who finished after 35:59 minutes. After her came Maria Schilder from Roth, followed by Marlies Mill from Moers.
Besides the ambitious runners and walkers, the field was made up mainly of ladies, who love to be active, alone or with their friends, and have fun doing it. For example Karin, Sabine, Brigitte and Christa, four friends, who run together one or two times a week, joined the the race „just for fun“ and declared happily: We just wanted some time away from our kids“.
In the end hardly anybody cared for the place in which they finished. Due to the great supply at the finish line, where Erdinger nonalcoholic beer, water, even prosecco and a lot of fruit were offered, everybody recovered in no time. The athletes were happy and so was the team of organizers around Monika Fiedler, were was able to give a donation of 5500 Euros to the „Zonta Club Fränkisches Seenland“ which supports social projects for women.
… and off they go on the 5k course. Photo: Christoph Raitel