Challenge Roth to be broadcasted live on German TV

For the first time in more than 35 years of triathlon in Roth, the iconic race will be broadcast live in its entirety on Sunday 7 July on Bavarian TV from 6:15am until the end of the women’s race at around 3:30pm.


Thanks to a partnership with BR Fernsehen viewers in Germany will be able to watch 9 hours of live coverage of Challenge Roth on 7 July for the first time. The legendary top pro field, combined with 3,400 individual athletes and 650 teams from 76 nations, promises a thrilling race.


Shortly after the broadcast starts at 6:15am, the race will kick off with the 3.8km swim in the Main-Danube Canal, followed by the 180km bike leg and finishing with the marathon. The winner of DATEV Challenge Roth will probably finish below the magic eight-hour mark again. The world’s fastest time set by Jan Frodeno in Roth in 2016 is 7:35:39, and the women’s record (Chrissie Wellington, 8:18:13 in Roth) has not been beaten anywhere in the world since it was set in 2011.


Christoph Netzel, sports director of BR Fernsehen said, “The triathlon in Roth is a real spectacle and an extreme challenge for the participants. 2019 will also be a real “challenge” for us – BR Sport will become the long-distance TV channel, we will broadcast live almost continuously from 6:15 to 3:30 pm on BR Television. We are thrilled to bring our viewers this very special premiere – world-class sport, a fantastic backdrop, garnished with many Franconian stories and lots of human interest!”