Highlights of Town Hall Square
− Photo: Harald Egbrecht

By Michael Brandl

About 2,700 athletes will start the Audi Triathlon Ingolstadt on Sunday. The road passes through part of the city center for the first time. The Olympic distance of 10.6 kilometers and the average distance of 20.9 kilometers lead the runners, coming from Quarry Lake, across the Konrad-Adenauer Bridge to the center and across the town hall square. At an intermediate distance, it also passes through the Klenzepark and again on the city circuit. The field for cyclists is also close to the city center. The track provides the audience with many opportunities to experience the starting field up close. However, the route also entails some restrictions for drivers and users of public transport.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., TV presenter and triathlete Florian Weiss and world triathlon champion Daniel Unger will run the event at Rathausplatz. Here, athletes who run in the triathlon can also be directly encouraged and encouraged. The first cyclists are expected to reach the city center around 10:30 am, and the first cyclists are expected around 8.30 am in Schlosslände.

Event sponsors and partners guarantee a varied program with competitions, food and drinks. Stadtjugendring Ingolstadt brings a sporting event with inline skating, skateboarding, unicycling and BMXing to the workplace with its ‘Roll ‘IN’ from 10am in Schutterstraße. The highlight was announced at 1:30pm: from then on you can skate down the palace landings, for example using inline skates or longboards. Performances by the Audi Wind Philharmonic Orchestra at 11am and 1pm at the Rathausplatz are a feast for the ears. The Audi Environmental Foundation presents its own campaign. Excavation groups, reinforced by representatives from FC Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt and Ingolstadt Dukes, collect trash as they run to the city center and cross the finish line at Ratusplatz together at about 11:30 am. In the Audi Champion Shot, starting at 10 am, you can test your soccer skills. In the IFG’s Start: Ing area, interested parties can also find out what actions are planned to revitalize the city center.

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Entertainment is also provided at the Theaterplatz. There is a selfie box for souvenirs to take away, a boxing machine and a racing cart to serve as a backdrop for the shots. Great prizes like hiking through alpine pastures with white athlete Laura Dahlmeier, and attractive coupons and gifts for kids await competitions organized by triathlon sponsors and supporters.

On Schutterstrasse, young racing drivers can blow off a sprint in a Poppy and win prizes by simply participating. Skill and intelligence are required when running through the course, because there is more than one way from start to finish. Tips and tricks will be revealed by the site’s professionals. There is also a refurbished bus from the 1970’s and recycled costumes made in Germany to impress. If you wish, you can also learn about the opening of the Donautherme in the fall at the former Hotel Wonnemar. The entire program can be found on the home page www.triathlon-ingolstadt.de.

Already on Saturday, the Ladys Run will be held, a special event for runners around the quarry lake, including the Nordic Walking competition. Start at 3 pm. The distance is five kilometers. More information can be found on the home page www.ladiesrun-ingolstadt.de. According to organizer Gerhard Bode, sustainability and climate neutrality are a big topic for the triathlon this time around. The waste concept corresponding to a climate-neutral event was developed with event sponsor Büchl.

Downtown streets, which on Sunday will initially become a tri-stadium and then a freeway area for cyclists and skaters, were closed to car and bus traffic between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. These closures also affect INVG bus services. “A large number of lines must be diverted from the start of operations until 9pm, and some parts of the city are completely cut off from public transportation for the duration of the event,” INVG wrote. This affects Irgertsheim, Pettenhofen, Dünzlau, Mühlhausen and Gerolfing. Line 60 flights end at the hospital. In the city center only stations ZOB, Rankestraße, Weningstraße, Saturn-Arena, Donautherme and Haunwöhrer Straße can be served. Due to the extension of the road, some underground car parks and the indoor pool car park will also be closed. Beginning at 8 a.m., the Theater West underground car park, the Theater Ost underground car park, and the Congress underground car park will be closed. Then entry and exit is no longer possible. This also applies to the indoor pool parking lot. The Theater Ost’s underground car park and the Congress’ underground car park can be used again from 1:30 PM. Due to Roll’IN in Schlosslände and Jahnstrasse, the Theater Ost’s underground car park and indoor pool car park will remain closed until 3pm.

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