DATEV Challenge Roth sells out in record time

Just under 4,000 slots to the world’s largest long distance triathlon, DATEV Challenge Roth, have sold out in record time. When entries opened at 10.00am CET on Monday, the relay teams sold out in just 50 seconds. Spots for German individual athletes were next to sell out in 2:09 minutes while the places reserved for international individual athletes went in 3:15 minutes.

Challenge Family CEO, Felix Walchshfer, said the response to the 2014 event firmly consolidated Challenge Roth’s position as the world’s greatest long distance triathlon.

No other race has sold this many slots in just 3:15 minutes, we’re truly humbled by the passion triathletes have for Challenge Roth and thank everyone for their support,” he said. We also appreciate that there are many disappointed athletes who weren’t successful, and we’re so sorry for this. However, we hope everyone understands that we aren’t able to make more places available as we will not compromise on quality by overcrowding.

The DATEV Challenge Roth web site had over 34,000 unique visits generating 98,865 hits when entries opened. The countries with the largest growth over 2013 are USA and Ireland with 65 nations in total represented.

There is still one last opportunity to secure a coveted spot to Challenge Roth on 6 December as part of the annual Christmas Charity Fundraiser. For more information visit

The 13th DATEV Challenge Roth will take place on 20 July 2014 as the flagship event for the global Challenge Family series of long distance triathlons.

The Challenge Family celebrates the sport of triathlon through its global series of long distance events and festivals that are changing the face of long distance racing around the world with its focus on athlete experience. Featuring spectacular courses in iconic destinations, Challenge Family events focus on delivering the race of a lifetime to every athlete, and creating a memorable spectator experience that captures all the excitement and emotion of this inspirational sport. The Challenge Family series currently features 21 events around the world in Germany, Holland, Austria, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Taiwan.

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Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.