NMB gearing up for action-packed Ironman

2017-03-15 08:20
Action during the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth on April 10, 2016.Photo: CRAIG MULLER/IRONMAN VIA GETTY IMAGES

Action during the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth on April 10, 2016.Photo: CRAIG MULLER/IRONMAN VIA GETTY IMAGES

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NELSON Mandela Bay is gearing up for a bumper weekend of action ahead of the 13th edition of the annual Standard Bank Ironman® African Championship taking place at Hobie Beach on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Festivities kick off on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 with registration and the opening of the Health and Fitness Expo taking place at The Boardwalk.

Saturday April 1 sees the return of the popular Corporate Triathlon Challenge powered by Algoa FM at 7:50am followed by the Spur Ironkids sponsored by Pritt at 12:30pm.

The main event, the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship, is set to begin at 6:30am on the Sunday and will be broadcast live on DStv’s dedicated SuperSport channel 199. This is the first time in the history of the event that all 17 hours of action will receive live television coverage.

Several other exciting new developments are guaranteed to ensure that this year’s event is a historic one for Nelson Mandela Bay. Not only does the race include the strongest professional field the race has ever seen, the starting line-up also boasts the greatest number of international participants, more than 700 of the 2 000 athletes hailing from countries all over the world.

They will race alongside the women’s World Champion, Asian-Pacific Champion, North American Champion and previous three men’s Standard Bank Ironman African Championship winners.

To stay up-to-date with all the latest news, race schedules, race updates, athlete tracking and road closures, among other useful information, participants and spectators are encouraged to download the Ironman South Africa App, available for download for free on iOS and Android.

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