of spectators will be lining the routes to cheer on the nearly two thousand
Spec-Savers IRONMAN SA 2013 participants on Sunday, April 14.
race, which has attracted a record entry of 1 783 male and female athletes from
around the world, will be the high point of a weekend of action in Nelson
It will be
the ninth year Nelson Mandela Bay has hosted the event, which is known
internationally for its friendly and enthusiastic crowds lining the route, says
Keith Bowler, managing director of World Endurance Africa Holdings, which runs
the only IRONMAN event in Africa.
thousand athletes will be participating in the weekend’s events, which start
with the IRON GIRL South Africa Fun Run on Friday, April 12, starting at 16:00
near Hobie Beach.
of 1 500 runners makes it one of the biggest IRON GIRL events in the world,” he
action starts with the Vodacom Corporate Triathlon Challenge, powered by Algoa
FM, at 07:50, followed by the Pritt IRONKIDS South Africa, which will start at
McArthur’s Pool and Leisure Centre at 12:00.
It is the
biggest IRONKIDS aquathlon event in the world, attracting around a thousand
entrants, according to Bowler.
race, the Spec-Savers IRONMAN South Africa, starts with a 3.8km swim from Hobie
Beach with a PRO swim start at 06:45 on Sunday morning, followed by the age
group swim start at 07:00. The first male athlete is expected to cross the
finish line at approximately 15:00, and the first female at approximately
time athletes will have covered a total of 226 km – 180.2 km by bicycle, and a
42.2 km marathon.
will be tough, with foreign athletes making up nearly a quarter of the field,
according to Spec-Savers IRONMAN SA race director Paul Wolff. The pace will be
set by the 47 professional athletes participating in the race.
point, no rain is predicted for Sunday, which should make for good conditions
for both racers and spectators.
will be 1 493 male athletes, and 289 females. Of this total, 646 will be taking
part in IRONMAN for the first time.
necessary safety and security precautions are in place for the events over the
weekend, according to Wolff. “At all our events we meet and usually exceed the
statutory and recommended safety precautions and systems,” he says.