For the 14th year in a row, Nelson Mandela Bay is the proud host of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. Over 2000 athletes – as many as 40% are from abroad – are expected to take part in this test of endurance and speed. The annual event sets the stage for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is also being held in the friendly city later this year.
The main event of this year’s Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship will be held on Sunday, 15 April, and sees participants kick off with a 3.8km one-lap swim course that starts on Hobie Beach. The course stretches to Humewood Beach and Kings Beach, turns and heads back to Hobie Beach.
From there, triathletes will jump on their bikes to complete two laps of 90km along one of the most breathtaking bike courses in the world. It might prove difficult to concentrate on the road with the magnificent sea and coastal views along Marine Drive and the beautiful countryside section at Seaview, but time is of the essence, and the expected 80 000-plus spectators will be there to line the final four-loop run course along Marine Drive, and cheer athletes on to the finish line.
The Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship boasts a run course that has been voted the best in the world, and the venue has been voted second-best race venue globally. It’s no surprise, then, that entries for the event have already sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go and see true sportsmanship and grit in action along the racecourse.
From 12 to 14 April, drop by the Health and Fitness Expo 2018, which forms a part of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. The Expo is being held at the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex in Port Elizabeth, and features all things race-related. Keep an eye out for special offers on premium brands like Compressport and On running shoes, and limited edition gear that will ensure you look and feel great at your next race.