Mainova IRONMAN European Championship 2016

The super endurance challenge begins with a 3.8 km swim followed by a 180 km bike race. These two events are then topped off with a marathon race! Every summer the world’s best come to Frankfurt to compete in the world’s largest IRONMAN qualification. More than 2,300 participants from over 60 nations and 100,000 spectators along the route make the IRONMAN an international festival.  The 2016 race also marked the 15-year anniversary of the event in Frankfurt.

This year, Melissa Hauschildt of Australia beat out three German competitors to win the women’s triathlon. Among the men, Sebastian Kniele took first followed closely by Andreas Böcherer.

The date is already set for 2017’s race. World class athletes will set out on a new adventure on July 9, 2017.

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