Mossel Bay will host its first officially sanctioned Triathlon during this year’s Tourism Month.
This will also be the first time in twelve years that an official Triathlon will take place in the Southern Cape.
The Mossel Bay Triathlon in association with Santos Express and WP Triathlon will take place at Santos Beach on the 11th of September.
The event is being arranged by two times South African triathlon champion Sonja Terblanche-Otto - who has also represented the country in six Ironman events around the world.
“This will be the first triathlon of the season,” said Ms. Terblanche-Otto, who runs the South African triathlon web site www.trisport.co.za from Glentana, near Mossel Bay.
She said that the route has been designed to offer athletes the best views of the town. “The swim will be in the sea at Santos Bay, while the cycling will take you to from Santos Bay, along the coastal road to Hartenbos and Brandwag and back, and the run will be flat and fast.”
As this is a first-time event, Triathlon South Africa has limited the numbers to three hundred athletes, and Ms. Terblanche-Otto said that entries are already pouring in.
“We’ve even had one from Colorado, in the USA,” she said, adding that Santos Express owner Allan Robertson is currently in the United States promoting both Mossel Bay and the event.
The Mossel Bay Triathlon will take place over both the Olympic (1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle, 10 km run), and sprint distances (750 m swim, 20 km cycle and 5 km run), and individual and relay team entries are encouraged.
Trophies will be awarded for the 1st company relay team, the 1st school relay team, and the 1st family team.
“Youngsters 12 to 15 years old will do a 400m swim, a 10km cycle, and a 2.5 km run, and 16 to 19 year-olds will do a 750m swim, a 20km cycle, and a 5km run, while the Fun Event, which will be open to individuals and relay teams, will include a 750m swim, a 20km cycle, and a 5km run,” said Ms. Terblanche-Otto.
She said that next training session will take place on Santos Beach at 8:30 a.m. on September the 4th.
“On line entries for the event are open until the 29th of August at www.trisport.co.za, and pre-entries will receive Mossel Bay Triathlon T-shirts. Late entries will only be accepted at Santos Beach on the 10th of September, and no entries will be accepted on the day.”