The long-awaited second South African IRONMAN® 70.3® race, the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban triathlon set for 2 August 2015, is creating quite a stir on the local triathlon scene. With entries fast approaching a sell-out, the official race route has been a well-guarded secret – until now.
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 race hub is situated at the Suncoast Casino, with Tsogo Sun the Official Accommodation partner to the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban. The Suncoast Casino will become race central consisting of the registration and expo venues, race office and the transition area in the outside car park.
“The bike course along the M4 will have undulating hills but will be fast with a newly tarred surface while the run route is relatively flat. Taking the IRONMAN 70.3 brand to Durban has been an exciting prospect for us and we look forward to staging a memorable race in a region with a rich triathlon history,” said Paul Wolff, Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban Race Director.
The swim start is situated at Bay of Plenty, 1.4km from Transition at Suncoast Casino in the direction of uShaka Marine World. Athletes will swim 300 metres out before turning left and heading a further 1.3 kilometres parallel to the coast before turning and completing the final 300 metres back to the beach.
There is a short, 250 metre stretch from the beach to Transition from where the one and three-quarter looped 90.1km bike course begins. Athletes will exit the Suncoast Casino Parking and cycle onto Snell Parade and down to Blue Lagoon.
Athletes will do the loop around Blue Lagoon and come back to the M4 on-ramp and left onto the M4 heading towards Ballito. Athletes then head out along the M4 highway towards Zimbali where they will turn around at the first circle and head back towards Durban on the M4 north bound until the Argyle Road intersection where they will make a 180 degree turn and cycle back out along the M4 highway for the shorter, inner loop. At the Glenashley off-ramp athletes will do another 180 degree turn back onto the M4 towards Durban and upon reaching the Argyle intersection for the second time will make the final 180 degree turn back along the M4 and cycle the short stretch to the Isaiah Ntshangase Road (Country Club) exit. Here athletes will turn left off the M4, left again into Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and around King’s Park Pool before making a final left into Battery Beach Road to the Battery Beach circle and into the Bike Transition area.
The Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban run course consists of two loops and will take athletes along the Promenade. After exiting the Transition area onto the Promenade at Sunkist restaurant they will turn right along the promenade past the Suncoast Casino. Athletes will then turn around at New Beach and head back all the way down towards Blue Lagoon. Athletes will turn around at the jet-ski launch area and head back towards Suncoast Casino. At the M4 underpass, the runners will turn right and proceed underneath the underpass, turn around on the Promenade before Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and head back under the underpass on the opposite side. The runners then turn right and head back to New Beach for a second lap.
Athletes will finish on the Promenade in front of the Suncoast Casino Amphitheatre.
As Official Accommodation partner to the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban, Tsogo Sun is running a fantastic IRONMAN Early Bird Offer with special rates for Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban athletes at their participating hotels. The special rates will also apply for athletes who have already booked their accommodation at the participating Tsogo Sun hotels in Durban. The IRONMAN Early Bird Offer is valid until 31 May 2015. For more information and to take advantage of the Tsogo Sun IRONMAN Early Bird Offer visit the Accommodation page under the Travel tab on www.ironman.com/durban70.3.
Entries to the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban are filling fast with less than 400 remaining. To enter and for more information on the course, visit www.ironman.com/durban70.3.
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