On the weekend of 21 and 22 August 2021, the BerlinMan triathlon took place at lake Wannsee. A special highlight was the race on the first competition day, in which a total of nine Special Olympics relay teams participated.
The main goal was to set an example for inclusion and to draw attention to the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. In total, 27 athletes competed for Special Olympics in nine teams, each consisting of three people.
The teams were filled in the spirit of Unified sports: one Special Olympics athlete together with employees of the World Games Committee and Special Olympics Germany. On top, they were supported by Special Olympics volunteers.
The early meeting time on Saturday morning 6:45 a.m. proves that everyone was fully committed. For many participants, it was their first triathlon, so it was all the better that some experienced athletes joined the teams: Juliana Rössler (running), Dennis Mellentin (biking), Marcel Eckert (biking) and Reynaldo Montoya (biking).
Throughout the day, everyone enjoyed the great atmosphere with a lot of fun exercising. All participants gave their best and supported each other loudly on and along the way. The successful day was rounded off with a joint picnic.