Nelson Mandela Bay ocean swimmers, surf-ski paddlers and surf lifesavers are in for a treat on Sunday when hundreds are expected to take part in the City Lodge Hotels Group 3 Beaches Challenge.
Top EP triathlete and undefeated 3 Beaches ladies champion, Liza Bright, is the favourite for Sunday morning as she is in top shape at the moment. Bright who won in 2012 and 2013 has had a great season so far which also saw her defending her unbeaten status in the December sprint distance About IT Triathlon Summer Series. Amongst the favourites for the Men’s title this year will be Bright’s 32GI team partner Michael Kingston.
The event starts from Pollok Beach at 9am and will see teams and individuals taking part in a four-stage race stretching between Pollok Beach and Kings Beach.
“We have three different categories, for the swimmers, surf lifesavers and paddlers,” event organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports said, “offering something different to bring all water sport codes together whilst showcasing the beachfront.”
The swimming category includes individuals and teams of two or four participants. A number of top triathletes and ironman contenders have entered in the individual category, which will see them covering the 3.2km swim between Pollok Beach and Kings Beach coming ashore at Hobie Beach and Humewood Beach before coming out at Kings Beach and running the 3km stretch back to Pollok Beach.
Zoetmulder said the objective of the event, which has been backed by the City Hotel Hotels Group since inception in 2012, was to have a competition which offers diversity for the marine sportsmen and also highlights the magnificent beachfront which Port Elizabeth has. He added that the challenge was also perfectly positioned to help those who would take part in the Ironman competition on the 6th April.
Over 100 participants have already entered for the event and that organisers have confirmed that the first 120 finishers will each receive a finishers medal and a finishers pack courtesy of News Cafe.
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2014/03/3-beaches-challenge/