For a number of years, now, Durban has welcomed athletes from all corners of the globe in one of the toughest triathlons ever to exist: Ironman 70.3. The swim, cycle and run will all take place on Sunday 18 June, giving star athletes a unique view and experience of South Africa’s playground. Standard Bank, in association with Tsogo Sun, are looking forward to welcoming sporting legends on behalf of the country.
Selected for its subtropical climate and world-famous sun-kissed shoreline, Durban was always a front-runner for the host title. The first element of the race will be a 1.9km swim in the Bay of Plenty. One of the city’s most popular surfing beaches, the Bay is interspersed with piers and jetties and draws an especially large crowd during mid-winter.
Once the swim is over, athletes will embark on a fast-paced cycle that will loop along the Blue Lagoon route and the M4 highway. The 90km round-trip from the promenade, along the highway, toward Ballito and back will provide unrivaled views across the Indian Ocean. Athletes must transition to the final race segment, the run, inside the Suncoast Casino car park.
At the length of a half-marathon, the 21.1km run will take athletes back on another loop of the promenade, Battery Beach, New Beach and again give them a glimpse of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The finish line will be set right in front of the Suncoast Casino Amphitheatre where families and members of the public always show an abundance of support and praise for participants.
Following the devastation caused by the Cape Storm and Knysna Fire, South Africans will get a chance to catch their breath while enjoying the best of international sporting talent compete on our doorstep. Many athletes will be running to raise funds for much-needed relief and to participate on behalf of those injured or fallen in the disasters.