Residents urged to be part of record-attempt

2016-03-23 06:00
: Thousands of supporters are expected to be part of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship on 10 April 2016.  photo: Chris Hitchcock

: Thousands of supporters are expected to be part of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship on 10 April 2016. photo: Chris Hitchcock

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The Standard Bank IRONMAN® African Championship is set to deliver one of the most interesting races in the event’s 12-year history through a combination of a strong professional field, a new race route and a spectator record attempt. The annual triathlon showpiece takes place on Sunday, 10 April, at Hobie Beach.

Featuring a new spectator-friendly course, the event will take on a unique dimension with its campaign to bring as many spectators as possible to Hobie Beach in a one-of-a-kind record attempt. The “Every IRONMAN® needs an IRONFan” promotion hopes to see a record crowd of 100 000 spectators attend the event on race day to make up the biggest IRONFan crowd ever seen in Africa. Spectators are requested to enter the race area through The Boardwalk complex’s two main entrances (Second Avenue and Hobie Beach) where possible, to be counted via the complex’s footfall technology. The event media team and live broadcasting team will then also shoot aerial images of the finish line to be broadcast across the world via web streaming, shortly before the winners are welcomed in at approximately 14:45.

Spectators showing their support at the event will be treated to a stellar professional field. Reigning IRONMAN World Champion, Jan Frodeno, will be returning home to the country where he grew up during part of his teen years. This will be his first race in South Africa in ten years and his first long distance event in the country. Frodeno will be headlining a tough professional men’s field, which includes South African trio, James Cunnama, Matt Trautman and local Port Elizabeth resident, Kyle Buckingham.

The professional women’s field will be the strongest on record in South Africa, featuring defending IRONMAN African Champion Jodie Swallow and IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champion Melissa Hauschildt to name a few.

With a record 616 international athletes representing 68 countries – the most countries ever represented at the IRONMAN African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, the race will be streamed live across the world with viewers from nearly 60 countries expected to watch the broadcast.

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