„Towards the sun…“

About 250 runners joined the 13th Nightrun in Hilpoltstein. It leads along a 11,6 kilometer course which ends exactly at the point where there will be Sunday's hot spot: the stadium at the finish line.

The scenery, that awaited the athletes at the Nightrun was almost romantic. They ran through woods and meadows towards the sunset on a mild summer night.

Some 250 runners joined the 13th  NightRun which kicks off  DATEV Challenge Roth's days of triathlon at the market place in Hilpoltstein. Photo: Christoph Raithel

Even 1 hour before the race there was a great atmosphere at the marketplace in Hilpoltstein. Music was playing and cold drinks were served by the brewery of Pyras. Announcer Tobias Ködel helped the starters pass the time until race time with his funny interviews.

Hilpoltstein's mayor Markus Mahl sent the runners on their way, knowing that the race was „perfectly organized by our „La Carrera TriTeam Rothsee“.

The „Nightrunners“ ran through a mild summer night towards the sunset.

This praise surely sits well with Matthias Seitz. The triathlon club of Hilpoltstein organized the open race for the second time. The fields is not only made up of athletes who will compete on Sunday and who use the run to acclimatise. Also helpers and spectators are welcome to „treat“ themselves to this race. It's more about having fun than reaching top results.

Through woods, meadows and fields for some 12 kilometers along the course of the Nightrun.

Led by two bikers, the field left the historic district, passed some old mills and through Eckersmuehlen (near the famous „beer-mile“) before reaching the centre of Roth. Of course there was a supply station on the course, where the athletes could refresh.

There was a lot of applause waiting for the athletes at the finish line. For the ones who finished after some 40 minutes and just as much for the occasional runners who needed more than an hour. The important thing for them all was to „Just be there“.

The runners were treated to an impressive scenery.



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