Held in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg, Germany, the 2017 Challenge Regensburg event will host the DTU German Triathlon Long Distance Championship; and in 2018 Challenge Regensburg will host the 2018 ETU European Triathlon Long Distance Championship.
The full distance Challenge Regensburg race comprises a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run. More than 1,100 athletes from 32 nations participated in the inaugural edition of Challenge Regensburg on 14 August 2016 with ‘rave reviews received from professional and age group athletes alike’. The uniquely course routes and finish at Domplatz Regensburg are billed as highlights of the event.
The 2017 German Triathlon Long Distance Championship race will take place 13 August 2017. A date for the 2018 ETU European Triathlon Long Distance Championship will be confirmed in due course.
“We are thrilled to be recognised by both the DTU and ETU as the host event for their respective long distance championship events in 2017 and 2018,” said Challenge Regensburg organiser, Tom Tajsich.
“Along with the city of Regensburg and the event organising team we have worked very hard to deliver a world-class event. The awarding of these championships is validation for that work and that Regensburg is simply as an incredible triathlon destination,” Tajsich added.
ETU President Renato Bertrandi said, “I am very pleased to see that once again our athletes have the chance to race over the long distance at a Challenge Family event. I am happy that long distance racing is back on line and attracting more and more competitors from across Europe. Regensburg has already hosted the test event in August.
“One of Germany’s oldest cities and a UNESCO World Heritage City! I am delighted by working closely with Challenge Family that we can offer our athletes a real test over the full distance.”
“Once again we could have secured a European Championship for our age group athletes on German home soil”, said Matthias Zöll, General Secretary of the German Triathlon Union. “We are happy about the upcoming ETU event in 2018, which will be the fifth European Championship in a row we are hosting in Germany.
“This is a successful expression of our ambitions to host regularly international events on any distance, as in 2017 our age group athletes will have the possibility to race the ETU European Championships over the sprint distance in Dusseldorf.
“In 2017 the long distance event in Regensburg will be another highlight in the German race schedule as the German Triathlon Union awarded Challenge Regensburg to organize the DTU German Triathlon Long Distance Championship 2017.”
Zöll added, “Regensburg has had a great long distance premiere this year, so we decided to offer all ambitious German athletes the chance to test the race in Regensburg throughout a championship.”
Challenge Family adds that it continues to work closely with national and international triathlon federations to ‘provide quality participation opportunities and collaborate on the growth and development of the sport of triathlon’.
“Challenge Family is committed to being a valuable contributor to the work of the DTU and ETU and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate our collective work at Challenge Family by delivering athletes an unforgettable race experience in one of the most beautiful triathlon locations you can imagine,” said Zibi Szlufick, CEO of Challenge Family.
In addition to the full distance race, Challenge Regensburg athletes and guests will have the oppportunity to participate in or support numerous other attractions, such as the Mittelbayerische Beginners Triathlon, Womens and Kids Run, the Challenge Food Tour and concerts on race weekend.