Best places to watch the IRONMAN action

2016-04-07 06:00
=This year’s new race course of Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, held at Nelson Mandela Bay, is bringing athletes closer to their fans. Be sure to catch your favourite IRONMAN on the course.                                     Photo: CHRIS HITCHCOCK

=This year’s new race course of Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, held at Nelson Mandela Bay, is bringing athletes closer to their fans. Be sure to catch your favourite IRONMAN on the course. Photo: CHRIS HITCHCOCK

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This year the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship race will be bringing triathletes even closer to their fans! On Sunday 10 April 2016, Nelson Mandela Bay will be swarming with all that is IRONMAN and thousands of IRONFans that will be hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite IRONMAN.

Owing to a change of the course of the race, the bike course now takes athletes out on two flat, fast laps of 90 km on one of the most spectacular bike courses on the IRONMAN circuit. The new route takes athletes along the coast at Marine Drive, delivering sweeping views of the ocean and the rugged coastline along a marine protected area, before moving slightly inland at Seaview on an undulating scenic countryside section. Athletes return along the coast to the transition area to start the run.

With the first change to the run course in its eleven-year history, the new run course will bring athletes closer to their fans and friends than ever thanks to four loops along Marine Drive where a whopping 100 000 IRONFans are expected to show their support.

The swim start is at 06:30 on Sunday morning, and spectators can make their way to Hobie Beach to view the exciting start of the race when athletes begin their swim towards Kings Beach.

The bike portion of the race is expected to start around 07:45. From this time, right until approximately 16:15, spectators and residents of Marine Drive, Schoenmakerskop, Beachview and Sardinia Bay can expect athletes to pass by. IRONFans and spectators can expect some of the professional athletes to begin their run portion of the race around 13:20 and the cut off time for the last athlete will be at approximately 23:55. The run portion will be able to be viewed on Marine Drive from Second Avenue until Admiralty Way.

To make the most of race day, be sure to make your way down to the Finish Line Party and be entertained by a DJ and to show much-needed support to the last few athletes that will be coming through just before midnight.

To those who would not like to miss out on the action of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, but cannot make it down to the action, live streaming of the race will be up and running at www.ironman.com.

This feature is only running now for the second year and is extremely successful at providing live coverage of the race at a global level.

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