With the selling out of IRONMAN South Africa, the event has now reached an exciting evolution in the next chapter of the iconic event by introducing changes to the race course.
Reaching 2000 athletes has prompted race director Paul Wolff to restructure the course in accordance with a number of international IRONMAN races. Once a race reaches over 1800 athletes on the course, certain changes are necessary to enhance safety and ensure a fair race for athletes. This is the standard measure already taken by the biggest IRONMAN races around the world.
The major changes are on the swim and bike courses with the swim becoming a single loop 3.8km sea swim and the bike course becoming a two-loop course of 90km each while the run course remains the same still allowing the athletes to soak up the crowd’s energy along Marine Drive. The new course will mean less congestion during the swim and less drafting on the bike course.
“Having staged this event in Port Elizabeth for the past nine years we want to thank our athletes for their support over the years. It is due to this fantastic support that we are now sold out. Because of these numbers we have had to adjust the course for safety as well as fair competition,” says IRONMAN South Africa race director, Paul Wolff.
IRONMAN South Africa will reveal the new route and details thereof within the next three weeks.
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