Winston-Salem attorney and managing partner of Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law, David Daggett, is headed to Germany to compete in an Ironman distance triathlon this weekend.
David Daggett, 56, of Winston Salem will be competing in the largest long distance triathlon in the world on July 17 in Roth, Germany. The race, measured in kilometers, is a 3.8 K swim, 180 K bike, and 42.2 K run. This will be his 7th time racing this event over the last 27 years.
The small village in northern Bavaria has a population under 25,000 yet it hosts 5,000 athletes and attracts approximately 250,000 spectators for the triathlon.
One of the highlights of the course is the hill at Solar. Legendary in the world of sports, tens of thousands of spectators pack the narrow road creating a single lane of traffic through which the cyclists travel; the fans cheering on the athletes biking the climb.
Daggett will be staying for the seventh time with his German speaking homestay family whom he first met at the race in 1989. The Family Reinel were the town bakers, and although now retired, Lotte and Dieter warmly welcome their American “son.” It has been an amazing friendship for more than 25 years. Although they speak little of each other’s language it doesn’t seem to be a barrier. As David says “we communicate through love and smiles!”
The race will be Daggett’s 181st triathlon and 26th long distance race at the Ironman distance. Daggett will also be competing this October for the eighth time at the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships.
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