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11. Sep 2014

Binz 2014

Micha is looking forward to race Rügen

Inaugural Strandräuber Ironman 70.3 in Binz is coming up on Sunday – Rostockian wants to take the next step after ranking third at Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl

Rostock. Michael Raelert is looking forward to starting at the inaugural Strandräuber Ironman 70.3 Rügen this weekend. 1300 athletes from 34 nations head into the first edition of the race on Sunday. "I am very excited to see what awaits us all," says Michael Raelert before the start in the city of Binz. "For me as a Rostockian it is some kind of a home game. So, I am excited for Sunday. "

Two weeks after his third place finish at Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl Michael Raelert would like to take the next step at the Baltic Sea coast. "In Austria I already had a hard competition after my long break from racing", Michael Raelert looks back. In a thrilling fight on the final kilometers of the run, the victory at Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl seemed to be absolutely reachable for Michael Raelert. At the end of the race, Italian Giulio Molinari, 2013’s Ironman 70.3 European champion Ritchie Nicholls (Great Britain) and Michael Raelert came across the line within only 44 seconds. "On the run, I see a lot of space for improvement, but overall it was a good first race," says Michael Raelert a few days out of the next competition including a 1.9 km swim, 90 km cycling and a run of 21.1 km at Binz. "It would be nice if I can already improve on Sunday."

In addition to Michael Raelert, more strong athletes are on the start list for Sunday’s race. Among others there are two Germans fighting for the victory: Horst Reichel and Faris Al-Sultan. Horst Reichel won Ironman Kalmar in August, Faris Al-Sultan wants to implement a fast Ironman 70.3 in his preparation for the Ironman Hawaii. Belgian Dennis Devriendt, Mike Aigroz from Switzerland, Austrian Andreas Giglmayer and as well the other strong Germans Michael Goehner, Jan Raphael, Patrick Lange and Markus Thomschke want to make the race fast from the start. Only one week after racing the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Mont-Tremblant, German Andreas Dreitz is also listed for Rügen. Thanky to a strong performance both on the bike and on the run Andreas Dreitz has won at the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca in May. "I think it will be an interesting inaugural race on Rügen," says Michael Raelert, "hopefully the weather is fine, and there are really many spectators to give the event the right atmosphere." The Rostockian definitely wants to make his contribution to bring up a successful debut event at the Baltic Sea coast.





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