Photos from 20 Years of Challenge Roth

Happy birthday, Challenge Roth! This weekend, the triathlon world will celebrate Roth’s 20th year as a Challenge Family race. The event, which originated in 1984 as the Franconian Triathlon and then became Ironman Europe, grew from a small-but-spirited local race into an event that had the world talking about the little town in Germany with a big triathlon party. In 2002, a then-relatively unknown triathlon brand named Challenge, founded by Herbert and Alice Walchshöfer, took over the race and grew it by recruiting big-name sponsors and attracting athletes from beyond the borders of Europe. It worked. By 2010, Roth was both the largest and the fastest iron-distance race in the world, attracting thousands of age-group and professional athletes every year who came to experience the magic and fast times that only occur in Bavaria.

What’s it like? Challenge Family provided us with their favorite images from the past 20 years; keep scrolling to experience the spectacle.