The TINMAN TRI SERIES – Keep the Tri Fires Burning

The Tinman Series will host its 2nd event for 2018 on April 22nd. Hailed as the countries longest standing and only draft legal sprint triathlon series, the Tinman Series presented by ZONE 3 will once again light up the Durban Beachfront with some exciting racing that spans all forms of abilities and age categories. From the serious racer right down to the fun athlete just looking for a bit of great exercise on a Sunday morning, the TINMAN SERIES is a triathlon for ALL.

The rookie triathlon which comprises a very easy and safe 100m swim /5km cycle and 1.5km run attracts all ages with the biggest growth seen in the ages 8-12yrs old. Here mom and dad can compete alongside their kids if they so wish and enjoy a family day out consisting of some active exercise. The Rookie triathlon also appeals to those athletes a little older who just want to give the triathlon format a go and see what they can achieve by swimming first, then cycling second and finally finishing with a run.

The next step up to this is the Sprint Triathlon (600m swim/20km cycle/5km run) which often see’s your weekend warrior just out for a bit of fun over a distance that is easily achievable on a race course that is as flat and easy as it comes. The swim discipline has been known to be shortened in the past if need be to ensure the maximum safety of all swimmers. For those a little concerned about swimming in the surf, the lifeguards are of the highest order and will ensure that if the swim does take place, all will be safe and fully taken care of. A back-up duathlon race plan is in place should the swim be cancelled for whatever reason. The odds are however very much in favour of a great swim taking place from Suncoast Beach but the safety of all competitors is the no 1 priority.

Next up is the Challenge Triathlon Event that usually attracts the more “serious” triathletes or those that still want to have some fun but want to challenge themselves over a longer race course distance of a 1km swim/30km cycle and 10km run. The cycle leg is draft legal so no tri-bikes are allowed, only your standard road bike or mountain bike will be used. The cycle route around the Moses Mabhida/Blue Lagoon circuit is closed to traffic making it safe and “car” free.

There is a 10km run option only for those that want to test themselves over a 2 loop run course that takes place on the promenade area.

Entries are strictly in advance with on-line entries being accepted until 5 days before race day. No late entries will be taken on the day of the event so don’t delay. Get your entries in early and come and enjoy a fun morning out with family and friends at what is definitely, one of SA’s most fun triathlon events.

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