We Are Triathletes Documentary Premieres Across the Globe in August
The first feature-length documentary to showcase the sport of triathlon is being launched in over 300 cinemas across the globe on August 8.
We Are Triathletes is a film made by triathletes, for triathletes, and provides an intimate look inside the lives of six long-distance triathletes from four different countries as they prepare for the world’s largest long-distance triathlon, Challenge Roth.
Ironman Hall of Famer and Executive Producer, Bob Babbitt, believes this documentary will put the sport of triathlon firmly on the map. “This is the first triathlon film in history to be released on over 300 screens around the world. This film is unique because it takes the viewer inside the sport so they can get a feel for the pain and joy that comes from the perspective of triathletes on a global level.”
Director Yanfeng Zhang is also an Ironman triathlon finisher and marathon runner, who embodies the dream of the movie and hopes to spread his passion as far across the world as possible. “The production of We Are Triathletes is due to my own enthusiasm for the sport, and I hope to introduce this endurance sport to more people. I want to show people the spirit of endurance athletes, that you can achieve goals that seem so daunting if you set your mind to it. The mental and emotional challenges are greater than the challenges to your body.”
We Are Triathletes was recently awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Accolade Global Film Competition and the Gold Award from the Latitude Film Festival. The award was given for its exceptional story line featuring six long distance triathletes including Dang Qi, the first Chinese participant in the Challenge Roth competition, Australia’s 8-time Ironman Champion Luke McKenzie, who is juggling the demands of sport and a new baby, and three-time Ironman World Champion and 2014 Challenge Roth champion, Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae, who opens up about lost confidence as a young basketball player and how she eventually found success in triathlon. The documentary also profiles Challenge Roth’s race director Felix Walchshoefer.
Perhaps no one is better suited than Rudy Garcia-Tolson to show people that you do not need to be born physically gifted to participate in triathlon. Rudy was born with Popliteal pterygium syndrome, and after 15 operations, Rudy and his family decided to have both of his legs amputated above the knee at age 5. He is now a four-time Paralympian as a swimmer and also an accomplished runner and triathlete.
Demand Film CEO, David Doepel, believes this documentary gives the triathlon community a way to celebrate their story and history in a dramatic way and also introduce others to the sport as well. “This is a film that is going to be seen by people across the world who may have never participated in a triathlon before,” says Doepel. “After seeing the film, I think they will be motivated to give the sport a try. We are Triathletes is made for the big screen and to be experienced together.”
For show times and to pre-book your tickets go to demand.film. And because this is ‘cinema on demand’, if you can’t find a cinema screening near you, you or your sporting club can host your own screening and sell tickets via your social media channels to your training buddies and colleagues. Demand.Film takes care of all the rest. They reserve the theatre, manage ticket sales, and ensure the delivery of the film. Once the ticket threshold is reached, everyone just sits back and enjoys the show.
Screening times: demand.film