The Mandela Day Triathlon is set to be the richest Olympic distance triathlon in South Africa, with R95 800.00 of the R120 000 allocated towards the Olympic event. The Mandela Day Triathlon is the newest and coolest addition to the already popular Mandela Day Marathon events in the KZN Midlands. The Triathlon event takes place at Midmar Dam on Saturday the 26th August 2017.
On the day there will be 3 different Triathlon events to enter into. The shortest race, the Mini Triathlon will consist of a 200m , 5km cycle and a 2.5km run. The Sprint Triathlon is the middle distance race and will consist of a 600m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The favorite Olympic distance race is the longest race and consist of a 1.5km swim a 40km cycle and a10km run.
With R120 000 in prize money on offer and R21 000 for the winning Olympic Male and Female, the Olympic race is going to attract the best of the best from around South Africa. Local KZN Olympian, Henri Schoeman has won the event since its inception in 2015, and will more than likely be defending his title again in 2017. However will Richard Murry come to upset Henri’s potential hattrick? Andre Steyn won the 2016 event in convincing style and will be looking to defend her title and claim her share of the R120 000 prize purse.
The association of the Triathlon event with the Mandela Day Marathon represents a solid unity between main stream sports and national fringe sports like Triathlon. The challenge of racing 3 different disciplines in one event, embodies Nelson Mandela’s struggle and perseverance to achieve his goal and his own finish line. Come show your support in uniting South Africa at the prestigious multipsort event in the beautiful KZN Midlands.
The Mandela Day Triathlon race entries are open and close on the 16st of August. Competitors can enter in Teams of 2 or 3 for the Sprint and Olympic races to share the challenge of the triathlon distances. Entries open on Monday the 22nd May and close on the 14th August 2017. Entries are limited to 800 athletes, so make sure you get in early.
For more race information go to www.bactive.com