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Ironman African Championship South Africa 2018

Large flag of South Africa South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay

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Quick facts about Ironman African Championship South Africa 2018

Swim 3.8km

Athletes will swim one 3.8km loop. The water temperature should be between 17 and 24.5° C, therefore wetsuits should be allowed. If it is below 14° C, then wetsuits are compulsory. You will be informed on race day if these rules apply. The swim will take athletes from Hobie Beach past Humewood Beach to King's Beach. Athlete's turn around the buoys at King's Beach and return to shore at Hobie Beach. Marker buoys and sighting buoys will be on course. The swim will start in three waves with PROs starting at 06:30, Wave 2 starting at 06:40 and Wave 3 starting at 07:00. The cut-off for the swim is 2 hours 20 minutes..

Bike 180.2 km

From Transition at Hobie Beach, you cycle along the coast for 3km towards the city. Turn left up Walmer Boulevard. You will climb for 10km to reach the highest point of 183 metres above sea level, this is a gentle continuous climb. From here it is downhill to the 20km mark. Gentle rolling hills occur to the turn-around point at the 34km mark. It is then rolling hills all the way to the 40km mark where it is downhill to the coast. The route is then relatively flat along the coast back to Transition at 60km.

You need to complete three loops on race day.

Run 42.2km

The run will be a three loop course of 14.07km along Marine Drive. The run route is a very fast, flat route, with no hills, through the top gate of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and out through the bottom gate of the University, heading towards Transition. The route will be closed to civilian vehicles. Aid stations will be available, approximately 2km apart.


3.8km Swim / 180.2km Bike / 42.2km Run

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