Coming home to Roth for Christmas

Coming home to Roth for Christmas
1500 Challenge fans celebrate a magical Winter Wonderland

When triathlon fans, volunteers and athletes usually gather together in the Rother Stadtgarten, it's in July, it’s around 30C and the calm has given way to a hectic bustle. It was different last Friday at the big "Challenge Winter Wonderland". The thermometer was just above freezing, too warm for real snow, but a snow cannon provided a winter atmosphere around the Challenge finish line.  Christmas stalls replaced grandstands and the smell of mulled wine and grilled sausages filled the air.


The atmospheric "Challenge Winter Wonderland" marked the start of the  "35 Years Triathlon in Roth" anniversary and was also a big thank you to the more than 7,000 volunteers of DATEV Challenge Roth, to the population of the district and our many supporters. We didn’t want to kick off the anniversary year with an exclusive gala, but with an event for everyone who has been part of our sporting event for many years. Volunteers, together with the organisation team, decorated the stalls, lights and bunting spanning the entire area, and many special details created an amazing Winter Wonderland for about 1,500 visitors.

In addition to the stalls and cosy fire pits, a large tent was set up to keep warm. This was especially handy at the beginning to keep off the rain, but once the rain stopped after half an hour, so many people turned up that Bishop Nikolaus, Jochen Gürtler, city councillor and one of the many Challenge-Directors, had trouble getting through the crowd at the great opening at 5:00pm. It was especially great to see children from the local Kindergarten, who came together with their families and many colorful lanterns. After a few songs by the kindergarten children, everyone turned to the Finish Arch, where a large green tarp masked the new anniversary logo. When the tarp was removed, the anniversary logo "Home of Triathlon" was revealed, featuring a large "35". Athletes from all over the world have come to Roth for 35 years and, as also commented at the Winter Magic evening: "Roth feels like coming home".

District Administrator Herbert Eckstein, who was supportive of the event right from the start, was also thrilled, and Roth's Mayor Ralph Edelhäußer was also delighted with the event anniversary that has made Roth famous around the world. After the official opening, Nikolaus handed out a little present to all the children. But it wasn’t not only the youngest visitors who were happy. District Council Robert Gattenlöhner, who attended with his wife Elke, was delighted as the proceeds of the event will benefit one of his charitable projects,  “Rother Tafel”.

With beautiful, atmospheric live guitar music by Timo Reichhart, the evening in the Rother Stadtgarten went late into the night - a wonderful lead-in to Christmas!


« Nikolaus Special has ended € 3,300 proceeds from "Challenge Winter Magic" donated to Rother Tafel »