Great atmosphere at run course kilometer 3,7 – 6,7 – 24,1 and 27,7
Triathlon party at the Speck hot spot
Already for the third time Speck opened as a sponsor of the DATEV Challenge, one of the wordwide largest triathlon events, its doors along the run course. On Sunday, July 9th, 2017, like every year about 5000 athletes competed in Roth, among them about 3400 individual starters and 1950 relay starters, to meet the challenge of a long distance triathlon. After 30 years the run course was changed because of safety reasons and so the athletes crossed the premises of Speck four times. This attracted even more visitors and fans, which ensured a great atmosphere at the hotspot.
This year Speck took part in the challenge with four own relays. Furthermore the representation Huckauf Ingenieure from Langenfeld completed the Speck team with five more relays.
A lot of sports-mad employees supported as volunteer helpers or supporters and contributed to perform the visitors and athletes an atmospheric and unique competition day. Speck employee and former triathlete Torsten Hahn informed the visitors with his expertise and competence about the local participants as well as about the race in detail.
For the physical welfare of the cheerfully spectators and volunteer helpers the Gasthof Winkler took care again. The guests were pampered with „fast food Schmankerln“ like the Weidenochsen-Burger, Veggie-Burger or the Franconian variant of the classic hot dog. Sweet treats like homemade cakes or ice cream for the little fans, who romped around on the bouncy castle and game stations, could not be missed.
The athletes of the Speck teams were very satisfied with their performances. They reached their specified goals and were directly motivated to exceed their performances with their participation in the next year.
According to the expectations, it should be a duell between the German athletes Timo Bracht and Nils Frommhold. In fact, there was an exciting competition, which ultimately won the Belgian Bart Aernouts in 7:59:07 hours. Joe Skipper from Great Britain was second place finisher, the German Maurice Clavel took the third place and joint favorite Timo Bracht arrived fourth. Nils Frommhold had to abort the competition because of a bike crash with a fellow campaigner. At the women’s competition Daniela Ryf from Switzerland won the race with a few minutes lead to Laura Siddal from Great Britain and Lisa Roberts from the USA.