On Sunday July 20th, DATEV Challenge Roth will celebrate 30 years of triathlon in Roth with a field of 5,500 athletes from over 60 nations, including the strongest pro field ever seen on the fast Bavarian course. Supported by over 220,000 spectators, Challenge Roth athletes will once again be a part of the greatest triathlon on earth.
The pro field will feature two world champions, Pete Jacobs and Mirinda Carfrae, both of Australia. They are joined by Luke McKenzie (AUS), James Cunnama (RSA), Eneko Llanos (ESP), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), European champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) and top German athletes Timo Bracht and Nils Frommhold.
Among the women, Rachel Joyce (GBR) will once again go head to head with Carfrae, joined by Yvonne van Vlerken, Caroline Steffen (SUI) and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) and Rebekah Keat (AUS) forming an absolute world-class field, together with the German top triathletes Anja Beranek (formerly Ippach) and Julia Gajer.
So happy and excited that Triathlete Ani De Leon-Brown will also be among the few Filipinos competing at the DATEV Challenge Roth Triathlon this Sunday. I know she will go all out in her quest to to do a sub- 11 hour finish time and be the first Pinay finisher is this prestigious multi-sports event!
Ani is truly grateful to her friends and sponsors, Unilab among them, who has supported her through these years in her quest to be the best Filipina triathlete! Another Filipina bet, Noelle De Guzman (Kikay Runner) is also competing in this event and our best wishes goes to her, as well!
Viel Glück, ladies!
Filipina Ironwoman to Compete at Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany
Philippine Ironman record-holder Ani De Leon-Brown aims to be first Filipina finisher (Press Release)
Ironwoman Ani De Leon-Brown will make a bid to be the first Filipina to finish DATEV Challenge Roth—the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, in Germany on July 20. Brown joins around 3,500 individual starters and 650 relay teams from over 60 countries.
“I am so excited to join Challenge Roth. This race will be quite historic for me as it has some parallels with my quest in 2008 as the First Filipina to finish in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, on the race’s 30th anniversary. It is the 30thyear anniversary of Challenge Roth this year also,” said Brown, who has completed at least 10 Ironman distance races here and abroad.
Prior to the upcoming Challenge Roth, Brown competed at the Ironman Melbourne in March this year, where she set the Philippine Ironman Record with a time of 11:08.
“My record-setting finish at Ironman Melbourne was a great way to mark my 20th year as a triathlete. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to pull off a sub-11 finish at DATEV Challenge Roth. That would really be a feat for me!” said Brown, who is a member of Unilab Active Health Triathlon Team.
From her days as a member of the swim team of the University of the Philippines (UP) to her joining her first Ironman Distance Race in Matabungkay in 2002, Brown has become popular in the local triathlon scene as a coach and athlete. Thus, her bid at DATEV Challenge Roth interests both her supporters as well as fellow triathletes.
“I am thankful for all the encouragement that I am getting from my family, friends and fellow triathletes. My supporters and sponsors have also been very generous. I am blessed and honored to represent our country at DATEV Challenge Roth,” said Brown.
Since its first race in September 1984, DATEV Challenge Roth is considered as the “heart of the triathlon” and is expected to attract over 220,000 spectators this year. The competition will start with a 3.8 kilometers swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometers bike race and a final marathon of 42 kilometers.
Maximum finish time is 15 hours for single starters and 13.45 hours for relay teams. The current world record, which was actually established in Roth, is 7:41:33 by Andreas Raelert in 2011.