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Entries now open for Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay

Jul 21, 2017
Entries now open for Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay

Following the huge success of last year's inaugural race, the Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay returns to the Friendly City for a second time. Set to take place on 3 December 2017 at Kings Beach, online entries will open this Friday, 21 July 2017.

Home to the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, the Nelson Mandela Bay saw just over 600 athletes at the start of the debut race in 2016.

The 5150 triathlon (pronounced, fifty-one-fifty) takes the format of an Olympic distance triathlon featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Widely regarded as an ideal introduction distance into competitive triathlon, it is also a favourite amongst fans of the Port Elizabeth based Corporate Triathlon Challenge competitors.

The Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay course starts with a 1.5km sea swim at Kings Beach, leading into a 40km out and back bike route on Marine Drive, ending the race with a 10km run along the beachfront.

In 2016, Port Elizabeth born athlete and runner up at this year’s Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban, Jeren Seegers crossed the finish line first, setting the course time at 02:03:06. Setting the tone for the women’s field, the well-known amateur age group athlete Kelly Van Der Toorn was the fastest female on the day, in a time of 02:18:37.

Besides the Olympic distance, this year’s event will see the introduction of the new FUNTRI distance. The FUNTRI is a shorter distance, especially designed to give the younger, first time athlete a glimpse into the spectacular tri-world. Featuring a 400-metre swim, 20km bike and 5km run, the FUNTRI sets the scene for a fast pace individual race.

The same FUNTRI distance also welcomes team entries from athletes 15 years and older.

Entries for the 2017 Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay open Friday, 21 July 2017 at 12:00. For more information and to enter visit www.ironman.com/5150nelsonmandelabay.

Image: Port Elizabeth born athlete Jeren Seegers celebrated the top podium position as he crossed the finish line first during the 2016 Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay race. Photo credit: Craig Miller