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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.

COM­ING IN SEPTEM­BER AND OC­TO­BER

• • • 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

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