At least 600 international IRONMAN athletes are expected to compete in the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship that takes place in Port Elizabeth on 10 April 2016.
Headed by the reigning world champion, Germany’s Jan Frodeno, this event will be one of the most star-studded endurance events yet to take place on local soil.
Aspiring local stars will also be looking to make a mark by placing pressure on the impressive list of international competitors.
“We are proud to be associated with an event that is regarded as one of the world’s ‘Top Five’ triathlons and is drawing an amazing depth of talent to our shores,” said Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Brand and Sponsorships at the Standard Bank Group.
Besides Frodeno, local competitors will also have the chance to meet and match paces with professionals from Europe, Australiaand Switzerland. The women’s event will be just as competitive with professionals from the UK, Austria, Australia and the USA making a formidable line up that will test the local female stars to the limit. The bonus for all professional competitors is the increased number of IRONMAN World Championship qualifying points that go with this year’s event.
The event will be streamed live to over 50 countries around the world, something that underlines the international appeal of IRONMAN events.
This event also provides South Africa with an ideal opportunity to show off its climate, environment and unique settings to a worldwide audience.
“We are dedicated to raising the bar and will continue to support the growth of the triathlon sport on the African continent. We are proud to have helped elevate the status of the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship in South Africa and look forward to an exciting and inspiring event.
“We at Standard Bank wish each and every athlete the best of luck and look forward to seeing you at the finish line.” said Ms Pheiffer.