Challenge Roth Ironman
Since the mid 1980s Roth and triathlon have become as inseparably linked as Munich and its Oktoberfest. DATEV Challenge Roth is without doubt the “heart of the triathlon” and attracts not only the biggest names in the sport but also 5,000 athletes from 60 nations and 180,000 spectators making it the largest long- distance triathlon event in the world.
Roth is renowned for its thousands of enthusiastic spectators lining the course with hotspots such as the Beer Mile and the famous Solar Hill where athletes can hear the crowd before they see them. Up to 30,000 people line this famous hill – you can’t see the road for the people but as each cyclist approaches, the crowds separate like the parting of the Red Sea and the athletes are carried up the hill on the noise alone!
DATEV Challenge Roth is a place where triathlon history is made with so many sporting records that have been repeatedly rewritten on this fast course. In 1996 the German triathlete, Lothar Leder was the first to break the magic eight-hour limit with his 7:57:02. For many years the world record held by Luc van Lierde (7:50:27) since 1997 remained unbroken. That is until 2011, the 10th anniversary of the Challenge Roth, when Andreas Raelert (GER) won his debut in Roth with the fastest time the world has ever seen of 7:41:33.