Great news for our long-distance specialists.

By Paul Groves | 05 Oct, 2016

2018 is an important year in Bavaria. Not only will the ETU-Challenge Long Distance Championships take place there but the celebrations of 100 years, 100 Jahre Freistaat Bayern, will take place.

ETU and Challenge Family have been working together for a number of years and, with an eye on the future and also to enable those who like to “go long” to get in the full preparation that really goes with such a commitment, we are delighted to be able to announce that in 2018, the date and location is set.

Herewith the press release:


Held in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg, Germany the 2017 CHALLENGEREGENSBURG event will host the DTU German Triathlon Long Distance Championship and in 2018 CHALLENGEREGENSBURG will host the 2018 ETU European Triathlon Long Distance Championship.

The full distance CHALLENGEREGENSBURG race comprises a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run. More than 1,100 athletes from thirty-two nations participated in the inaugural edition of CHALLENGEREGENSBURG on August 14, 2016 with rave reviews received from professional and age group athletes alike. The uniquely beautiful course routes and incredible finish at Domplatz Regensburg are highlights of the event.

The 2017 German Triathlon Long Distance Championship race will take place August 13, 2017.

“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 CHALLENGEREGENSBURG 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,” said Tajsich.

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 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 that once again, by working closely with Challenge that we can offer our athletes a real test over the full distance.”

CHALLENGEFAMILY 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 Regensburg by delivering athletes an unforgettable race experience in one of the most beautiful triathlon locations you can imagine,” said Zibi Szlufick, CEO of CHALLENGEFAMILY.

In addition to the full distance race, CHALLENGEREGENSBURG athletes and guests will have the opportunity to participate in or support numerous other attractions, such as the Mittelbayerische Beginners Triathlon, Women’s and Kids Run, the Challenge Food Tour and concerts on race weekend.

Registrations for CHALLENGEREGENSBURG 2017, incorporating the German Triathlon Long Distance Championship are now open at

Media enquiries should be directed to Jessica Peter, CHALLENGEFAMILY marketing and communications via email



The CHALLENGEFAMILY series of triathlons features 50 full and half distance races in 26 countries around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – CHALLENGEROTH in Germany. The birthplace of the CHALLENGEFAMILY, CHALLENGEROTH now features over 5,500 athletes and 250,000 spectators and home to both world records held by Jan Frodeno (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia, North America and South America have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For further information on CHALLENGEFAMILY visit 

So, if you want to try the “test event” then make a date with Regensburg in 2017.

Also - watch out for news about the long-distance champiosnhips in 2017 .... where might they be ... ?

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