Roth and Frankfurt fill in record time

Lest there be any doubt, full-distance racing is as popular as ever in Germany. Today we learned that the Ironman European Championship reached capacity in just a few days. Last month Challenge Roth filled even faster.

| August 13, 2019 | NEWS

Jan Frodeno salutes the crowd at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Jan Frodeno salutes the crowd at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Next year's Ironman European Championship has sold out in, according to a press release sent out by Ironman, record time. Last month Challenge Roth opened and closed online registration on the same day (within minutes of opening at 10 AM on July 15). That was after a limited number of athletes (1,000 individuals and 200 relay teams) were able to register on site the day after this year's event.

Full-distance racing in Germany continues to boom, it would appear.

"Within days the more than 3,000 regular starting positions for the race on June 28, 2020 were all gone," according to a release sent out earlier today by Ironman, speaking of the race in Frankfurt. Of those 3,000, 40 per cent will be first-time Ironman competitors.

The only entries still available are through the official Ironman European Tour travel partner, Nirvana Europe.

Those still looking for a chance to compete at Challenge Roth will have to try their luck at the special pre-Christmas entry, which offers a limited number of entries to the race, with 50 Euros from each entry donated to charity.

Challenge Roth traditionally accepts 3,400 individual entries for the race along with 650 relay teams.

You can find more information about the Challenge Roth entry process here.

More information about the remaining Ironman European Championship entry opportunities can be found here.