Freitag, 9. Mai 2014

Kraichgau Triathlon offers 2015 Slots for Kona and 70.3 World Championship Zell am See-Kaprun

After a long public back an forth battle around Kraichgau Triathlon, new owner World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announced an inaugural 2015 Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau Triathlon. The race, known until 2014 and before as Kraichgau Triathlon Festival and Half-Challenge Kraichgau will maintain existing sponsors, most of the team and established venues.

Additionally WTC pushes the event with qualifying spots for both World Championship races in Kona and Zell am See-Kaprun

IRONMAN® adds IRONMAN® 70.3® Kraichgau
powered by KraichgauEnergie 
Tradition, emotion, passion have made the Kraichgau region in southwestern Germany one of Europe’s premier triathlon hotspots. Now the course is set for the future, as IRONMAN is proud to announce the latest addition to its growing IRONMAN European Tour – the inaugural Sparkasse IRONMAN 70.3 Kraichgau powered by KraichgauEnergie on June 7, 2015.

“The Kraichgau region has made itself a household name for German triathletes. Together with the team that has organized all Kraichgau races up until today, we are looking forward to making the race and the region known in all of Europe. At the same time, we will focus on keeping its local character and respect its heritage and tradition,” said Thomas Dieckhoff, CEO IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa.

To celebrate the inaugural race athletes will enjoy these benefits unique to any European IRONMAN 70.3 race:
  • 30 qualification slots for the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • 100 qualification slots for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria
  • guaranteed priority entry into the 2015 IRONMAN Austria, or the 2015 IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt or the 2015 KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen
“We are thankful to for the support of the two largest existing sponsors, the Sparkasse Kraichgau and KraichgauEnergie and we are delighted they support the direction we are taking with this race,” Dieckhoff adds.

It's a dream come true for Bjoern Steinmetz who co-founded the race: “I am extremely proud of how we started out with the idea of a small race which has now become a triathlon festival. It’s been thrilling watching the race grow and we are so excited that we will now award slots for both the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlons.”
The Kraichgau Triathlon-Festival was operated under the licensed name “Challenge”. Challenge, grantor of the license, terminated the license contract July 30th, 2014 after the Kraichgau Sports Promotion UG was acquired by the IRONMAN Germany GmbH in October 2013.

“The Kraichgau Triathlon-Festival is the original race and it’s always been our goal to create a perfect blend of elite athletes and amateurs while establishing the race as an event where everyone – age-groupers, short and sprint distance athletes as well as kids – can enjoy our beautiful sport. This remains our promise for the future. Triathlon has found a perfect ground unlike any other in Germany to grow here. Athletes like Thomas Hellriegel and Sebastian Kienle are known world-wide. The success is owed to the local team and hundreds of volunteers. We are looking forward to an amazing future,” adds Steinmetz.

Registration for the race is open now at