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Ironman 2016 - A Positively South African Event

Date : 12 April 2016

Port Elizabeth once again hosted one of the world’s most challenging triathlons – Ironman. The weather was perfect, albeit a bit hot at times, and supporters flocked down to cheer them on. This event was not only inspiring, but also showed the wonders of what the body is capable of when you put your mind to it.

The gruelling challenge consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run. This year was the first year that a completely new route was used for the challenge – making it something new for returning Ironman participants. 2016 saw 1856 athletes taking part!

The race started at Hobie Beach at 06h30 on Sunday, 10th April. All of the swimmers were ready and in their positions to run into the ocean. After the South African national anthem blasted over the loud speakers, the gun went off to signal the start of the swim for the male professional athletes. A few minutes later, the female professionals began their swim, followed by the amateurs. The athletes were required to swim about 300 metres out to sea, all the way to King’s Beach and then back to Hobie Beach again – completing the 3.8km route.

The atmosphere this time of the morning was already great, with loud music playing and people cheering the swimmers on.

The athletes then transitioned for their 180km cycle. The cycle consists of two 90km laps along the scenic coastline of Marine Drive and into Seaview. By this time, many of the supporters had made their way to the beachfront to watch the cycling arm of the triathlon. With the supporters putting out their gazeboes, camping chairs and tables, it was great to see that many of them planned on staying until the end.

The 42.2km run consisted of 4 laps of 10.55km each – all along the beachfront, up Admirality Road by NMMU and back.

By the time the first athlete started running, more and more supporters had made their way down to show support and cheer them on. When some of the athletes ran by looking (understandably) worn out, the cheers and clapping from the crowds seemed to give them the boost they needed to keep on going. The motivation that the supporters bring to the athletes is phenomenal. The great amount of strength, physically and mentally, that these athletes need to have is an inspiration; which is why thousands of spectators are there to help motivate them to carry on, even when they endure a great amount of pain along the way.

Congratulations to all of the Ironman Finishers

 

Eveready would like to congratulate every athlete who took part in and finished Ironman! The amount of dedication and determination it takes (along with your fitness of course) is admirable!

A definite Proudly South African moment we would like to highlight is that fact that South African Matt Trautman came 4th overall with a time of 08:19:25 – less than a minute after 3rd place! Matt is truly an inspiration to all South African athletes out there.

We would especially like to congratulate the first 3 male winners and the first 3 female winners, who all made fantastic time!

Male Winners:

Position

Name

Overall Time

1

Ben Hoffman

08:12:37

2

Tim van Berkel

08:14:51

3

Marko Albert

08:18:52

Female Winners:

Position

Name

Overall Time

1

Kaisa Lehtonen

09:06:50

2

Susie Cheetham

09:09:49

3

Lucy Gossage

09:11:43

All in all, Ironman was yet again a great success and just another reason for us to be Positively and Proudly South African.

 

Athletes at the starting line, waiting to swim.

Athletes at the starting line, waiting to swim.

Matt Trautman, the 4th overall finisher and making South Africa proud.

Matt Trautman, the 4th overall finisher and making South Africa proud.

The Ironman athletes had to endure a grueling 180km cycle after their swim and before their run.

The Ironman athletes had to endure a grueling 180km cycle after their swim and before their run.

Thousands of spectators flocked to Port Elizabeth's beachfront to support the athletes during their cycle and run.

Thousands of spectators flocked to Port Elizabeth's beachfront to support the athletes during their cycle and run.