Witness tomorrow's stars of the sport
What the big „DATEV Challenge Roth“ has to offer for athletes and helpers can easily be matched by the smaller version, the „Junior Challenge“: burning temperatures challenged the athletes and helpers at Saturday's “Junior Challenge“ to the extreme. But: They all finished safely. The family Seifert and the organizer SFV Aurau showed, that their proven partnership doesn't falter under difficult circumstances. At this very weekend there is also a fair at Aurau. „We sometimes had to be at two places at the same time“, tells SFV-member Georg Zwingel.
The best way to be active at temperatures of 30 degrees: The swimmers had the best job at the relay race of „Junior-Challenge“. Photo: Robert Gerner
But on saturday, at the municipal pool in Roth, people's thoughts weren't on any fairs, they were focused on triathlon. This time – in difference to Friday's „Challenge for All“ - the field was made up mainly of up-and-coming talents. Some of them were so young, that they only did a „swim & run“.
Never look back: Maja Wranik from of the team „TSG 08 Roth“ at the „Junior-Challenge“. Photo: Robert Gerner
But there were grown-ups too. The „Tria-Sprinters“ started the races in the morning and after the pupils had their turn, it was time for the popular family relay teams.
The distances at these races were perfect for hobby athletes. But who knows? Maybe some of the athletes get a taste for bigger challenges. It has happened before, that a relay starter from the „Junior Challenge“ turned into a full-grown long-distance triathlete within a few years.
Wonderful message: Triathlon is fun for everybody. The relay teams traditionally cross the finish line together. Photo: Robert Gerner