Ironman announces new race in South Africa

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The inaugural Ironman 70.3 Mossel Bay triathlon will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, set in South Africa’s spectacular Garden Route.

“Offering the scenic beauty of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, azure blue sea, rolling green hills and pastures, rich agriculture, and culture, athletes and their family and friends can also enjoy sights of fynbos, aloes, dolphins and whales,” Ironman boasts in a press release. “Post-race activities include enjoying the Mossel Bay Zipline, the largest over the ocean zipline in the world, spanning approximately 1 ,100 metres in length and reaching up to 80 kilometres per hour. With plenty of other activities to do such as sky diving and various boat adventures, this is a place one can only describe as paradise – a tourists dream.”

Mossel Bay has an airport, but is only about a four-hour drive from Cape Town, making it easily accessible for athletes looking for a destination race.

The 1.9 km swim takes place in Santos Bay, and then athletes head out on a one-loop, 90 km bike that turns around at Gouritz River valley, the two and a half loop run course goes through historic Mossel Bay before finishing at the Cape St. Blaize lighthouse.

The race will include both professional and age group athletes and will serve as a qualifier for the 2023 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland.