Some of the best triathlon-related April fools’ jokes

(Photo: Romy Louise van Schooneveld)

Chris McCormack going after a top-ten finish at the Ironman World Championship, race briefings in Latin and two celebrities clearing the air after a big fight by racing a swim run together. It’s almost too good to be true… and that’s exactly what it is: not true. We collected some of the best triathlon-related April fools’ jokes.

Challenge Roth will do race briefings in Latin as of now

The organization behind Challenge Roth announced that their race briefings will be in another language than English from now on: “An update for our race briefing: the race briefing for DATEV Challenge Roth powered by hep 2022 will only be held in Latin. In order to emphasize the history of our race and to do some of our friends from Latin America a favor, we decided to take this step. Moreover, our goal is not only to provide the physical challenge of a long distance triathlon, but to add a challenge for the brain, too. Nunc est bibendum (and now we drink). What do you think about this, or quid tibi videtur?”

Will Smith and Chris Rock to participate in swim run shared a very surprising article, saying Hollywood stars Will Smith and Chris Rock seem to have cleared the air between them, as they decided to race a swim run together on Jul. 17. The comedian and actor went viral this week after Rock made a joke about the hair loss of Smith’s wife – Jade Pinkett Smith – which Smith didn’t accept. Smith went onto the stage and hit Rock in the face.

You can read the full article here.

Challenge Almere-Amsterdam moves bike course

The six-loop run course of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam is always very popular among participants and spectators, and that inspired the organization behind the event to let athletes bike the same loop as they run. “Bike course Challenge Almere-Amsterdam moved to Weerwater. During Challenge Almere-Amsterdam you swim in the Weerwater and you run around the Weerwater. Because this ‘loop around the lake’ is always so popular, but also to give the Floriade a more than warm welcome (the Floriade takes place on and around the Weerwater), we have decided to move our bike course around the Weerwater one time and only this year. This means that you will have to complete 36 laps of the 5 km bike course; each time you will also pass the stadium on the Esplanade!

And that’s not even all: “For once you can complete Challenge Almere-Amsterdam in teams of 38 athletes (1 swimmer, 36 bikers, 1 runner)! We have sent a letter to the municipality of Zeewolde to inform them about this. We have not yet received a response.”

Chris McCormack aims for top ten Ironman Hawaii

MXEndurance, the “endurance platform” by Chris McCormack (48 years old), mentioned that the multiple Ironman World Champion will return to Kona. “We are extremely excited to announce that Macca (McCormacks nickname, ed.) will be making a return to professional racing this year, with his focus being on a top 10 finish at the 2022 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.”