Challenge Family has announced that the film ‘We Are Triathletes’ will be shown exclusively during two of its races, before the film’s official release in August 2018. The first ever public screening will be on June 1st, during The Championship event weekend at the x-bionic sphere in Samorín, Slovakia. Four weeks later a special viewing will be organized during DATEV Challenge Roth.
We Are Triathletes is a feature-length documentary for the big screen focusing on the sport of triathlon. The film shows the journey of six triathletes training and preparing for ‘the largest classic long distance triathlon in the world’: DATEV Challenge Roth in Germany. The film, directed by Yanfeng Zhang, is executive produced by IRONMAN Hall of Famer Bob Babbitt and is co-produced by Gwendolen Twist who produced the award-winning documentaries Spirit of the Marathon and Spirit of the Marathon II.
Long-distance triathletes profiled include world champion Mirinida Cafrae, Luke McKenzie, Rudy Garcia-Tolson, as well as Challenge Roth’s Race Director Felix Walchshoefer.
Director and multiple long-distance triathlon finisher Yanfeng Zhang is aiming to inspire the broader audience with this documentary. “We really want to showcase the spirit of this endurance sport to the world and hope more and more people will participate in it,” Zhang said.
“When I first got into the sport of triathlon back in 1978, I knew immediately that my life was changed forever,” said Executive Producer Bob Babbitt. “What makes this film so special is that we take the audience inside the lives of six athletes as they prepare and race Challenge Roth, one of the world’s most spectacular events.”
The initial public screenings will take place exclusively during The Championship on June 1st and 2nd, at 20”00 CET, where ‘athletes and friends can relax in the bean bags of the Tuli Cinema’ at the x-bionic sphere resort. A special guest during the evening screenings will be one of the film’s main characters: ‘the blade-athlete’ Rudy Garcia-Tolson, who will attend a meet and greet at the cinema, and who is also racing The Championship.
On June 13th, a special screening will be held at the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in San Diego, California, the birthplace of modern triathlon. Another exclusive opportunity to watch We Are Triathletes will be on June 28th, when the film will be screened open-air style at the Triathlon Expo in Roth, Germany, during the festival week of DATEV Challenge Roth. The official global release in theatres will follow in early August through Demand Film.
“We are thrilled to be working with Yan and Bob to bring this fantastic film to enthusiastic audiences around the world”, added Andrew Hazelton, Executive Vice President of Demand Film.