FOLLOWING the huge success of last year’s inaugural race, the Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay returns to the Friendly City for a second time. Set to take place at Kings Beach on December 3 this year, online entries are already open. Home to the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, the 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay saw just over 600 athletes at the start of the debut race last year.The 5150 triathlon (pronounced, fifty-one-fifty) takes the format of an Olympic distance triathlon featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Widely regarded as an ideal introduction distance into competitive triathlon, it is also a favourite among fans of the Port Elizabeth based Corporate Triathlon Challenge competitors. The Standard Bank 5150 Nelson Mandela Bay course starts with a 1.5km sea swim at Kings Beach, leading into a 40km out and back bike route on Marine Drive, ending the race with a 10km run along the beachfront.Last year Port Elizabeth-born athlete and runner-up at this year’s Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban, Jeren Seegers, crossed the finish line first, setting the course time at 02:03:06. Setting the tone for the women’s field, the well-known amateur age group athlete Kelly van der Toorn was the fastest female on the day in a time of 02:18:37.Besides the Olympic distance, this year’s event will see the introduction of the new Funtri distance. The Funtri is a shorter distance, especially designed to give the younger, first-time athlete a glimpse into the spectacular tri-world. Featuring a 400-metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, the Funtri sets the scene for a fast-paced individual race. The same Funtri distance also welcomes team entries from athletes 15 years and older.For more information and to enter visit www.ironman.com/5150nelsonmandelabay.