East London set to host 12th IRONMAN 70.3 in 2019

2018-05-23 06:00
Buffalo City is set to host the 12th annual Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in 2019.           Photo:CHRIS HITCHCOCK

Buffalo City is set to host the 12th annual Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa in 2019. Photo:CHRIS HITCHCOCK

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THE hugely popular Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa is set to take place on Sunday, January 27, next year.

The beautiful city of East London offers miles of beachfront and rich cultural history for athletes and spectators to enjoy.

The Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa started in 2008 and quickly caught the eye of many triathletes.

It now boasts almost 3 000 athletes who register for the event year after year.

It is regarded as one of the toughest and oldest 70.3 events on the circuit.

This year saw South Africans, Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour, winning the men’s and women’s races respectively despite having some strong competition from the international field.

It was a fairytale for Trautman, as he had a crushed lumbar vertebra and multiple level spinal fusions just a year before he stood on the start line.

IRONMAN South Africa’s managing director, Keith Bowler, said to see how this race had grown and developed over the last 11 years had been phenomenal.

“The quality of race experience, the challenge it offers and the unique atmosphere are just a few of the reasons this race has reached this level of popularity among athletes.

“It is especially encouraging to see that our international numbers have increased by such a margin, bringing more visitors to the region and further demonstrating the growing international appeal of the event,” Bowler said.

General entries to the 2019 Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa are already open.

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