This year, the organizers will take the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon to a new level. They presented the innovations at their recent press conference. “All our projects are only possible thanks to our very strong old and new partners,” said organizer Sven Hindl. Two major innovations await athletes and fans at the Triathlon Festival (June 27th – 30th) in and around Chieming: The “Mixed Team Relay” will be held for the first time on Saturday, besides the already established sprint distance. Three athletes will race in each team of the Mixed Team Relay. Unlike regular triathlon relay competitions, here has to be least one woman part of the team and everyone in the trio has to complete all three disciplines. “In 2020 the Team Relay format will be Olympic for the first time. We are proud to already presenting it at the Chiemsee,” Hindl says. The distances with 0.2km swimming, 6.5km cycling and 1.9km running are short and anyone can do it.

In addition, “The Race” is part of a new multi-sport series: the Spirit Tri Series. Besides the Bavarian race it includes further traditional races such as the Triathlon Portocolom, which was held in Mallorca a few weeks ago, and marked the start of the series, the TIME Alpe d’Huez triathlon in France (25 July) and the Trans Vorarlberg Triathlon in Austria (25th of August). “The EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon was included in our plans right from the beginning – and actually, for us, there was no alternative in Germany,” said Tom Sutton, who coordinates the series. With him, the two top triathletes Daniela Ryf, the four-time Ironman Hawaii World Champion, and Olympic champion Nicola Spirig have initiated the series. Six Spirit-teams, packed with professionals, will be racing the series. In future, even more teams are planned, Sutton said on the Freya.

The triathlon festival will kick off with the company run Chiemgau (Thu., June 27) again. For the Sprint Distance and the Mixed Team Relay on Saturday there are a few slots left. The two main competitions over the olympic (1.5 / 40/10 km) and the half distance (2/80/20 km) are both fully booked already.

Hindl also announced that the environmental protection concept, which has been successfully established at the Chiemgau Team Trophy, will be transferred to triathlon. “We have set ourselves the goal of giving up a lot of plastic – and thanks to our partners like Aquasphere, Petrusquelle and Wieninger Bräu we can do it,” he announced. Our swim caps, for example, are specially delivered without plastic covers. “That alone avoids 1,500 sachets.” For the aid stations at the course a reusable cup system was developed together with partner Petrusquelle. An average of plastic 7,000 cups will be avoided.

The region is also satisfied with the development of the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon. “The flair of the triathlon is very nice. The triathlon family brings many people to Chieming which feels special,” rejoices Christian Fitzner, director of the Chieming Tourist Info. “Swimming, cycling, running are things that fit the Chiemsee.”