IRONMAN recently announced that 50 additional female slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay, have been added to the 2018 Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban race as part of the Women For Tri initiative. Women For Tri, an IRONMAN Foundation programme, launched by IRONMAN in 2015, welcomes and empowers new female triathletes to be part of the sport’s continued exponential growth.According to the statement, the 50 slots come as an addition to the 100 slots already available at this year’s Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban race. Out of all the IRONMAN South Africa races, the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban now offers the most slots for the upcoming IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, with 150 slots available in total, the statement read. The allocation of these additional slots will be done after the 100 standard age group slots had been allocated based on performance in each women’s age group category. IRONMAN South Africa’s managing director, Keith Bowler, said the initiative was a great way to acknowledge the growing presence of women in sport. “We will also be supporting Women For Tri activities over the race weekend of the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban event. There is no doubt in my mind that those slots will all be gladly taken. “Our South African women are full of drive and passion for the sport,” Bowler said.Since 2015, Women For Tri has helped increase female participation in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events by 12%, increasing participation to 68,000 female triathletes. The Women For Tri online Facebook community now has more than 42 000 female triathletes worldwide.The 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race in Nelson Mandela Bay will be a two-day event with the professional and age group women racing on Saturday, September 1, and the professional and age group men racing on Sunday, September 2. The championship would be part of a weeklong festival, which would include a range of lifestyle events for the community and visitors to enjoy.