The launch of the Mandela Day Triathlon is the newest edition to the already popular Mandela Day Marathon. The new Triathlon event takes place at Midmar Dam on Saturday the 29th August 2015.
On the day there will be 3 different Triathlon events to enter into. The shortest race, the Mini Triathlon will consist of a 200m , 5km cycle and a 2.5km run. The Sprint Triathlon is the middle distance race and will consist of a 600m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The favorite Olympic Distance race is the longest race and consist of a 1.5km swim a 40km cycle and a10km run.
With R120 000 in prize money on offer and R22 500 for the winning Olympic Male and Female the Olympic race is going to attract the best of the best Triathletes around South Africa. The triathlon race is the new kid on the block, adding to the impressive portfolio of events like the Mandela Marathon, Mandela Trail Run and the Mandela Mountain bike races. Triathlon is a relatively new sport around the world compared to the rest of the disciplines but it is growing in popularity across the world as athletes look for more challenging events to test their mettle.
The association of the Triathlon event with the Mandela Day Marathon represents a solid unity between main stream sports and fringe sports like Triathlon. The challenge of racing 3 different disciplines in one event, embodies Nelson Mandela's struggle and perseverance to achieve his goal and his own finish line.
The Mandela Day Triathlon race entries will open on the 26th of June and close on the 21st of August. Competitors can enter in Teams of 2 or 3 for the Sprint and Olympic races to share the challenge of the triathlon distances. Pre entries will be discounted by between R30 and R100 until the 31st of July, thereafter normal entry fees will apply.
For more race information go to www.mandelamarathon.co.za or www.bactive.com