Ironman African Championship 2016
If swimming in choppy seas, cycling vast distances and stomping the pavement with a 42km run gets your adrenaline pumping, then you'd best register for The Standard Bank Ironman African Championship taking place on the 10th April 2016.
Officially joining the ranks of the Ironman Championship series as the African continental Championship race, the superhuman race is a veritable test of one's stamina, strength and endurance.
Annually held in Port Elizabeth, known to locals as the 'windy city', the area boasts an abundance of wild beauty indigenous to South Africa and the Eastern Cape and is also home to a multitude of historic and cultural attractions.
Participants will start off with one-lap 3.8km swim course at the blue-flag Hobie Beach, heading out parallel to Shark Rock Pier turning left after 300 metres. The course then goes past Humewood Beach all the way to Kings Beach before turning and heading back towards Hobie Beach.
The new bike course takes athletes out on two laps of 90km in what is arguably the most spectacular bike course on the Ironman circuit with its unparalleled vistas - a welcome distraction to a challenging course. The route takes athletes along the coast, into the heart of the city, past a natural lake, through indigenous coastal fynbos nature reserves and home with kilometres of amazing ocean views.
The run is a three-loop course along Marine Drive through the awaiting crowds of some 70 000 spectators. It's a very fast, flat route through the top gate of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and out through the bottom gate, heading towards transition.
If you are going to Ironman either as a participant or a supporter, have a look at accommodation options in and around Port Elizabeth.
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