The hugely popular Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3® South Africa is set to welcome the IRONMAN African TriClub Championship in 2019 to Buffalo City. The Championship will take place on Sunday, 27 January 2019.
“Triathlon clubs are a key part of our sport and club mates become like family during the journey to the IRONMAN finish line. We are excited to give clubs from around Africa the opportunity to compete for the title of IRONMAN African TriClub Champion. Athletes from South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Namibia and Reunion among others are already entered for the event so there will be a lot of club pride at stake to be crowned the best TriClub in Africa,” says Paul Wolff, Director of Operations: IRONMAN South Africa.
“We hope to build something special that will engage athletes, ignite rivalries and share the passion for the growth of our sport among newbies and experienced athletes.”
Traditionally classified as part of the IRONMAN Europe, Africa and Middle-East TriClub Championship, this is the first time that Africa will host its own IRONMAN TriClub Championship event. Clubs will compete in one of five divisions based on size and participating members will earn points based on their overall finishing times. A winner will be crowned in each division.
The Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa started in 2008 and quickly became an icon on the South African triathlon circuit. Featuring 2800 participants annually, athletes complete a 1.9km ocean swim, a 90km bike course and a 21.1km half marathon all within 8.5 hours. The event is one of the oldest IRONMAN 70.3 events outside of the USA.
“Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa finishers are a league of legends, so it is only fitting for this historic race to welcome the IRONMAN African TriClub Championship. To see how this race has grown and developed over the last eleven years has been phenomenal. The quality of race experience, the challenge it offers, and the unique atmosphere are just a few of the reasons this race has reached this level of popularity amongst athletes,” says Keith Bowler, Managing Director: IRONMAN South Africa.