Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban
PORT ELIZABETH (May 27, 2015)–The inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban is officially sold out with 3000 athletes set to line up at Snake Park Beach on 2 August 2015. The race has reached capacity four months after opening entries and looks set to be an exciting addition to the South African triathlon calendar.
“It is always an exciting moment when launching a new event and extremely encouraging to see such strong interest. The Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban was a long-term project that started more than three years ago but we felt that the timing had to be right for the city and for the South African triathlete base to introduce the race. To have reached 3000 in the first year proves that our patience has been worth it and that triathlon in South Africa is growing as a sport,” said Paul Wolff, World Endurance Africa Holdings’ Director of Operations.
The 1.9km swim, 90.1km bike and 21.1km run will encapsulate some of the best elements of the East Coast City allowing athletes to take in the sights of the breath-taking Durban coastline while on a course that is considered fast and highly competitive. The swim will take place at Snake Park Beach with the bike course heading along the M4 towards Zimbali. The run course will take athletes along the Promenade where spectators can be part of the action and welcome the athletes to the finish in front of Suncoast, which will become race central consisting of the registration and expo venues, race office and the transition area.
The number of entrants makes the event the biggest triathlon ever to be staged in Kwa-Zulu Natal and the second biggest in Africa in terms of athlete numbers.
“Standard Bank is very pleased to see that its involvement with the IRONMAN brand in South Africa has already resulted in an expansion of the local series of events,” said Nikki Twomey, Executive Head for Marketing and Communications at Standard Bank Group. “We are thrilled that the local triathlon has embraced the addition of the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban to the local triathlon calendar. We feel the city of Durban has all the attributes to become a world class IRONMAN 70.3 venue and look forward to doing our part to growing this event and taking it to new heights in the future.”
For those who missed out on an entry, there is still a chance to be part of the race. The IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity Trust has a limited number of charity entries available. For more information on the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity entries visit www.ironman4thekidz.co.za or email Julia Banach on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban visit www.ironman.com/durban70.3
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