Although this might sound far-fetched, it can be proved to be nothing but the truth and the whole truth: our staff member Rafael Ruppel (34) qualified himself through the Triathlon European Championship 2018 to take part in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii. After 3.8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and a 42.195 km marathon run he finished in 105th place in his age class. An achievement that can be considered to be a sensation for an amateur sportsman that only ever trains in his spare time. The local newspaper “Kinzigtal Nachrichten” not only printed an article about Rafael Ruppel‘s success, it also selected him as their sportsmen of the year 2018.
PACO Team News: Our Ironman is Called Ruppel
It is no understatement to speak of a sensation: among the team of PACO staff at the sites in Steinau, Herolz and Schlüchtern is a real Ironman that has competed in Hawaii.