Durban Ultra Sprint event looking to attract triathlon newbies
Durban – With the clock counting down to the MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon on Sunday 4 March, organisers have agreed to take late entries for the Sprint event as recreational and aspiring triathletes, realising that normal entries have closed, are probing ways to get involved in the event that is based on the Durban beachfront.
Race director Damian Bradley confirmed that the entry for the elite Ultra event, which will be doubling as the SA Ultra Triathlon Championships for 2018, are good, but confirmed that he had been getting a steady stream of calls from athletes keen to take on the shorter Sprint event, but missed the normal entry cut-off date of 13 February.
The Sprint event, which can be raced as an individual or in a team with a different athlete taking on a leg of the triathlon, consists of a 600m swim, a 20 km cycle on full road closure, and a 5km run, making it easily accessible to social athletes keen to get into triathlon.
A team consists of two or three members, with one team members competing in one discipline. Bradley explained that the team event works like a relay. “The team gets given a timing chip which will act like a batten and will get passed onto each team member in the transition area,” he explained.
Bradley has agreed to take entries for the team event at the race registration at the Sunkist Lawns the beachfront in front of the Moses Mabhida stadium from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 3 March until the cap of 800 athletes is reached. A race briefing will be held at 4pm on Saturday, registration day.
Social athletes that don’t have a Triathlon SA licence can buy a day licence for R30.
The new race hub on the Durban beachfront has been designed to focus all the race attention on one central area, making it ideal for supporters and spectators to enjoy viewing all the transitions in one place, and offering convenient parking at Kings Park Pool, Beachfront, Suncoast and Pirates and amenities on site.
Road closures for the cycle leg, which is a 20km route up and back on the M4 to the Glenore off-ramp for the Sprint event , and to the Umdloti bridge turning point for the Ultra athletes 90km cycle leg, will be familiar to local road users as the route is the same as the Tour Durban Cycle route segment. The route will be closed from 6am and will be reopened as soon as the last athletes have been moved off the route, which is estimated to be around 1am.
The run leg is based on a 5km lap for the Sprint runners and three 7km laps for the Ultra athletes, utilising the Durban beachfront
The Ultra event, which ash attracted many of the sports household names eager to test themselves and challenge for the national titles, consists of a 1,9km swim, a 90km cycle leg and a 21km run.
The MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon takes place on Sunday 4 March. More information can be found athttp://ultratri.co.za/durban-
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