Germany’s Andreas Raelert confirmed that he will race Challenge Roth on July 10.
Raelert, second at the 2010 Ironman World Championship and the 2010 Ironman Frankfurt champion, will race at Half-Challenge Kraichgau on June 5th prior to competing at Challenge Roth for the first time in his career.
“So far I have missed the Challenge Roth in my career. So I am extremely glad to have the opportunity to start in the anniversary race of this prestigious event. The Challenge brand has meanwhile acquired an excellent reputation around the world and extraordinary results have been reached in this competition within the past few years,” said Raelert on challenge-roth.com. “I’m sure that Race Director Felix Walchshöfer has again put together an extremely strong field of starters this year. I am very proud to be part of them and it’s a great motivation for me.”
Raelert also anticipates that it is quite possible that the Irondistance world record could be broken at the 10th anniversary race.
“This year the Challenge Roth event is going to be the second big highlight of the season for me after the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii”, said Raelert. “It would be absolutely marvelous for me if I could add my name to the list of high-class race-winners! I’m sure that in order to win this year’s ‘best old race’ in Roth it will again be necessary to beat the magic eight-hour-limit or even Luc van Lierde’s world-record time of 7:50:27 hours of 1997. I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to the event!”