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The stage is set for the Fiercest Race in the Friendliest City!

By Jesica Slabbert - Aug 31, 2018
The stage is set for the Fiercest Race in the Friendliest City!

The top triathletes from around the world have come to Nelson Mandela Bay for the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship on the 1st and 2nd of September.

Almost 5 000 of the world’s top athletes are registered to compete in the Friendly City and locals have caught total Ironman fever as they meet with international competitors and get some amazing Ironman merchandise for the event.

IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, has produced this world-class event since 2006, with global rotation beginning in 2014.

“This is a historic year for the event as the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship reaches the African continent for the first time,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN.

“Nelson Mandela Bay is well-equipped to play host and will provide athletes with a stunning backdrop along the coastline. We look forward to providing our athletes with an exceptional race experience in this great host location.”

To further hype up visitors and locals, some warm-up races and fun runs were held earlier this week, from the 5km Ndlovu Fun Run on Thursday to the IronKids 1 Mile and ½ Mile Race on Friday for the kids.

Check them out here:

As part of the tradition for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, the 102 countries competing over the weekend marched through the Boardwalk towards Hobie Beach with their nation’s flags and cheers of pride for the Parade of Nations.

View the Parade here:

Europe leads the way with 40 percent of the athletes registered to race in the 2018 Isuzu IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Following Europe, North America accounts for 23 percent, while South America accounts for 13 percent of the field.
The United States of America is the most represented nation with 769 registered athletes, followed by South Africa (472), Germany (368) and the United Kingdom (320). Other athletes from countries as far as Costa Rica, Iceland and Croatia are traveling around the globe for their shot at the title.

This year athletes will take on a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim at Kings Beach, followed by a 56-mile (90 km) Bike through town heading towards Seaview and returning to transition at Hobie Beach. Capping the triathlon off will be a 13.1-mile (21 km) run along Marine Drive.

The run will bring athletes closer to their family and friends pushing them to end on a high with 80,000-plus spectators cheering them home– all of which must be completed before an eight-and-a-half-hour cut-off time.

Click here for the full road closure map.

Follow RNEWS Facebook on Race Day where videos will be uploaded to keep you up to speed with all the action and excitement.

Check out our photo gallery below for more Ironman Images

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