Port Elizabeth, South Africa (4 March 2019) – The Standard Bank 5150 African Triathlon Series is set for Saturday, 17 August 2019, in Bela Bela for the ninth consecutive year. This 5150 event is the first in the series – the other two being held in Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay. The course in Bela Bela is set in Warmbaths, A Forever Resort against the backdrop of the African bushveld, making it the ideal racing environment.
Following the format of an Olympic distance triathlon, the 5150 triathlon (pronounced as ‘fifty-one-fifty’) comprises of a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike and a 10km run. The 5150 triathlons are seen as an ideal introduction to competitive triathlon, so whether you are a beginner, or seasoned triathlete looking for the next race, the 5150 in Bela Bela is the event for you. The 2019 Standard Bank 5150 Bela Bela course kicks off with a 1.5km swim in the ski dam in the resort, followed by the 40km bike northbound on the rolling hills of the D10-Alma Road and ending off with a 10km run in the resort.
Along with the Olympic distance event, all 5150 events feature FUNTRI distances for individuals and teams. The FUNTRI is a shorter distance triathlon that consists of a 400m swim, a 20km bike and a 5km run. FUNTRI events offer the perfect introductory distances to those who are curious about trying triathlon for the very first time and entries are open to anyone from the age of 14 years on the day of the race. This will encourage younger athletes to become involved in triathlon, while participating with more relaxed rules than typical, longer distance triathlon events. Teams of 2 or 3 individuals will be allowed to enter the FUNTRI distance, however, the Olympic distance is for individuals only (no teams will be allowed to enter).
Keith Bowler, Managing Director of IRONMAN South Africa says, “It’s exciting that the 5150 event is back for its ninth year. The spirit and company at this event is something we look forward to every year, while being able to offer the perfect platform to help athletes start out with triathlon. Having included the FUNTRI distances into it has really helped grow the sport in South Africa. “
Warmbaths, A Forever Resort is situated within easy reach for the large triathlon community from the Gauteng area. The location also offers a picturesque setting for international athletes to experience the famous African bushveld. Warmbaths, A Forever Resort offers a wide array of activities that guests can take part in during their stay: from quad biking, private game drives and water skiing, to The Hydro and Spa and naturally heated outdoor pools. With all these activities you can be sure you will find something to help you relax after the race.
Entries are open for the 2019 Standard Bank 5150 Bela Bela until 1 August 2019. To enter and for more information visit: www.ironman.com/5150belabela
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