The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced that the new date for the inaugural Collins Cup will be exactly one year from today – on the 22nd May 2021. The race, which was [...]
Unfortunately, as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team of DATEV CHALLENGEROTH had to decide to cancel the 2020 race. (Watch full statement here). A hard decision, but the only right one as the people’s health is the most important thing. However, we deeply regret that we have to miss our flagship event this year. This is very sad news for all the athletes all over the world that have been training for such a long time to do their bucket list race. Also our thoughts are with Alice, Felix and Kathrin, the Walchshoefer family that made it to their life work to organize this race and who founded CHALLENGEFAMILY , and the whole community of Roth. There is no place on earth where so many people are working year round on a voluntary basis to let the Triathlon Dream Factory make dreams come true. But we are very confident that they have a long breath and they will be back stronger next year!
Also we can imagine that you might wonder what this means for our races in May and June. Please know that we are working in constant collaboration with the respective local authorities in every race destination. Together we monitor the situation to find out if we can organize the race on the original date, and if not if we can postpone to an alternative date. As you understand the development of the COVID-19 situation and the measures taken are different from country to country. We do our very best to get clarity for you as soon as possible. The fact is that nobody can predict the future, so we have to follow the official authorities that guide us. The very large scale of the race in Roth and the complexity of organizing this biggest long distance event, made it necessary to decide in this early stage. As soon as other changes in our race calendar appear, you will be informed. Thank you very much for your understanding. Fingers crossed, and stay stafe! #AllAboutTheAthlete
On behalf of the entire CHALLENGEFAMILY team around the world, I want to reach out to you, our cherished athletes.
As athletes, we are always working on our physical and mental health and suddenly the world is in a different place. A lot of our fellow athletes are in quarantaine, family members are out of reach, work has to be done from a distance and worst of all, people are getting sick.
The COVID-19 virus has taken over daily news and our daily life.
CHALLENGEFAMILY and our local race organizations are in constant contact with the governmental institutions about the evolving process and the decisions that are being taken worldwide by governments and health organizations. We follow the regulations that are being laid down in each country and act accordingly. It’s very hard, even impossible, to predict anything for a period longer than a few weeks at this moment. Our race calendar is constantly being updated. Most races in the nearby future will be postponed to a later date in the season and we will do our utmost to maintain a strong race calendar.
When a race is postponed, it will be announced on the (social media) channels of the respective race and all registered athletes will receive a personal email to inform them of any changes. In addition, everyone can keep track of the CHALLENGEFAMILY race updates on this page.
I want to thank you for your trust, and for the massive support you have shown to our dedicated race directors, who’re facing incredible hard times. Nobody can predict when the situation will normalise, so all directors have to continue organizing the event and at the same time, prepare alternative plans. We received a massive number of emails and direct messages expressing your understanding and sympathy for this complex puzzle with road-closures, local event calendars, permits, availability of volunteers, participation of vendors etc. Thank you so much for this! On social media we noticed some discussions about the myth that cancelling an event can be a cheap way out for the race director. Of course it isn’t. Ninety percent of all costs are due two to three months prior to an event; most of the products have been ordered, and services have been contracted. Postponing or even cancelling a race is always a worst-case scenario for everyone involved: athletes, the organization team, volunteers and sponsorship partners. So we’re all in this together, seeking the best possible solution for everyone involved, and at the same time accepting the fact, that everyone has to give up a little piece of their personal ideal situation.
Please know, that we are here for you to help organize your race calendar and make sure that you still can have a a great experience at our races in 2020. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, or our local organizations, whenever you have a question or a comment.
For now, please stay safe, strong and healthy and apply the hygienic advice of the official authorities. Look after your loved ones and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon at one of our races!
Best regards on behalf of the board,
|Race||Original date||Status||New date||Details|
|CHALLENGEFLORIANOPOLIS short||March 22, 2020||Postponed||September 27, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGESALOU||March 29, 2020||Postponed||September 27, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGESHEPPARTON||April, 5, 2020||Postponed||October 11, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGECERRADO||April 19, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||tbc||More information|
|CHALLENGEMOGAN-GRANCANARIA||April 25, 2020||Postponed||November 7, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGETAIWAN||April 26, 2020||Postponed||November 15, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGECANCUN||April 26, 2020||Postponed||October 18, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGERICCIONE||May 10, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||May 9, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGEBLED||May 17, 2020||Postponed||September 20, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGELISBOA||May 23, 2020||Postponed||March 27, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGEST.PÖLTEN||May 24, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||May, 2021||More information|
|THECHAMPIONSHIP||May 31, 2020||Postponed||August 16, 2020||More information|
|CHALLENGEGERAARDSBERGEN||June 7, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||June, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGEHERNING||June 13, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||June 12, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGEHEILBRONN||June 21, 2020||Cancelled||More information|
|CHALLENGEKAISERWINKL-WALCHSEE||June 28, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||June 27, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGEROTH||July 5, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||July 4, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGETURKU||August 2, 2020||Cancelled (2020)||August 1, 2021||More information|
|CHALLENGEVIETNAM||September 13, 2020||Postponed||March 14, 2021||More information|
Is a race not on this list? The race is planned on the original date or didn’t confirm a change (yet).