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Biggest Ever 2015 Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship comes to PE

MARCH 27, 2015
Biggest Ever 2015 Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship comes to PE

Arguably the Nelson Mandela Bay’s biggest sporting festival, the 2015 Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship will be taking place on Sunday 29 March at Hobie Beach. This is after the equally entertaining Corporate IronMan and Kids IronMan - known as Iron Kids, on Saturday.

According to IronMan South Africa, the actual IronMan event been a favorite on the European race circuit for over a decade.

The day begins with a one-lap, 3.8km swim course beginning on Hobie Beach. Athletes head out parallel from the pier and turning left after 300 meters. The course then goes past Humewood Beach all the way to Kings Beach before turning and heading back towards Hobie Beach. The water temperature is usually in the mid-70's and the seas is often calm.

The bike course, new as of 2014, takes athletes out on two laps of 90 km on one of the most spectacular bike courses on the IRONMAN circuit. The route takes athletes along the coast, into the heart of the city, and through indigenous coastal nature reserves—you might even see monkeys. It then rejoins the coastal highway and delivers sweeping views of the ocean and the rugged coastline. 

The run is a three-loop course that runs along Marine Drive through the event's famous crowds of 70 000-plus spectators. It's a fast, flat route through the top gate of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and out through the bottom gate, heading towards the finish line back near the pier. 

This year, the race will be bigger than ever before, with 80 of the world’s best professional athletes all vying for the title of IRONMAN African Champion, as well as 2000 brave amateur athletes who will be out there to show that Anything is Possible in a 3.8km swim, 180.2km bike and 42.2km run - all in under 17 hours. 

The race starts at 6:30am until midnight on Sunday. For road closures see below.

For more details at www.ironman.com/southafrica


Main Image: Iron Man SA via Facebook.