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they were booting their son to the couch to accommodate my wife and I, there was no hesitation. “Of course we can have them.”
Then another friend wanted to come. Realizing the house was jammed, I asked my friend Wenke Kujala if one of the girls could stay with her. They were jammed, too. I got a text from Wenke the night before they all arrived. “I found a bed.”
It was with a lady named Iona. Originally from Romania, she lived in England for five years. Seven years ago she left her husband and moved to Roth with her then year-old son. She didn’t speak a word of German when she arrived. She got a job, learned the language, and provided for her son. They live in a one-bedroom apartment – she sleeps on the couch, he has the room. Coverage of…
That sense of community starts with the Walschofer family – mom Alice and children Felix and Kathrin. They continue the event their father began 15 years ago when he decided that he didn’t want to be involved with Ironman any longer. In those 15 years Challenge Roth has become an event that has to be seen to be believed. The reason it attracts all those pros and spectators? Because the Walschofers and the community start from this premise: we will do everything we can to put on an amazing event and make sure everyone goes home having the experience of a lifetime. They certainly succeeded in 2016.
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• • • ITU World Championships in Cozumel The Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii The latest fall fashion Felix, Alice and Kathrin Walschofer at the postrace celebration