A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. Triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. So in other words, it’s serious business. Next weekend will see a new event on the Cape Town sporting calendar. For the first time ever, a World Triathlon Series event will be held on the continent of Africa, with the race set to be held at the V&A Waterfront.
The ITU World Triathlon Series is the International Triathlon Union’s annual series of triathlon events used to crown an annual world champion. There are eight rounds of competitions around the world (now including SA) culminating in a Grand Final race later in the year.
The great thing about this event being in the Mother City is that anyone is able to take part and compete on the same platform as pro triathletes from all over the world.
This is also an ideal event to enter as a family, whereby family members can take part together in the various sporting disciplines. There are two distances: Standard (Olympic) Distance and Sprint Distance.
The specifications for each race are as follows:
• Standard Distance: 1500m Swim, 40km Cycle, 10km Run (Minimum Age 15 years in the year of event)
• Sprint Distance: 500m Swim, 20km Cycle, 5km Run (Minimum Age 11 years in the year of event)
If you’ve never watched a triathlon before, well there are a number of SA’s top triathletes to get behind, so be sure to show them your support while they are mixing it up with some of the world’s best. Some of the top SA traithletes competing include:
Richard Murray; Henri Schoeman; Wian Sullwald; Travis Johnston; Wikus Weber; Kate Roberts; Gillian Curr Sanders; Carlyn Fischer; Anel Radford
I will be competing alongside my Kfm teammates, se be sure to show us some love along the way as we push our limits. Jeremy Harris will be doing the swim leg, I will be participating in the cycle part, while Kfm Breakfast host Ryan O’Connor will be bringing us home in the run.
Cape Town is fast becoming one of the world’s favourite destinations for big events. More than 10% of foreign tourists come to South Africa to watch or participate in sport events, with spectators accounting for 60% to 80% of these arrivals. The route starts and ends in the V&A Waterfront, with the route along Green Point, making it easy for anyone to view the route along the way.
For anyone who wants to participate, registration is still open at capetown.triathlon.org.
Good Luck to everyone taking part in the Discovery World Triathlon Series Cape Town.
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