Post-Race Thoughts From Challenge Roth Competitors

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published Jul 21, 2014
  • Updated May 6, 2016 at 4:33 PM UTC
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Felix Walchshöfer

[Recounting his special race day]

“Actually I was really happy to be in the water, because then I was kind of left alone. Before that it was just crazy in the morning in transition with all the volunteers coming up to me–it was wonderful but you also need to get prepared, so it was kind of a juggle. Then when I came out of the water there were about 50 people around my bike–it was crazy. And then I was riding out and I’ve never heard my name so often–it was amazing. I’m in a ski club in Heideck where we have an aid station, and they made a huge sign, which was so cool. And then the crazy thing was Solar Hill–I just couldn’t believe it. The city of Hilpolstein wrote on the street, “Felix, your hill!” I couldn’t believe it. I was crying with emotion all the way up Solar Hill. And then really the best thing, I thought, was just being on the run and communicating with all the other athletes, and everyone being there for everyone else. You know, this one was puking, that one had other issues, and everyone just helped each other–“Do you need salt? Do you need this? Do you need that?” It was really amazing. Then there was a sign hanging from the bridge at the halfway point, a huge sign from Lothar and Nicole Leder and Jürgen Zack. It was just so special. When I got to the stadium, following me in with balloons it was Lothar, Nicole, Jürgen, Belinda Granger and Andreas Niedrich. The funny thing is that I used to be a balloon kid behind Jürgen, Lothar and Andreas, so that was amazing. They even found old Quelle balloons somehow–that was the title sponsor when I used to carry them. I took my time running around the stadium. I think for me it was one of the best days of my life. It was absolutely awesome!”

[As to whether or not he’ll be able to continue tonight’s annual tradition of the Table Running World Championship, in which he is undefeated]
“I will go to a physio now to get my legs in good shape and then we shall see!”

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