Two of South Africa’s most iconic towns are set to host the inaugural Race 2 Stanford half iron distance triathlon (1.9km swim – 90km bike – 21km run) on 18 November 2017. Established in the 1800’s, Hermanus, the famous tourist town and home of the whales and quaint, picturesque Stanford will show off their historic charm as they catapult this triathlon to rate high up as one of the most scenic triathlons in the world.
The growth of triathlon in the South African community has led event organiser Paul Ingpen, who is no stranger to the triathlon community both locally & internationally to create this ultra distance triathlon which kicks off in the Hermanus Harbour. Athletes will have the rare opportunity to swim 1.9km in the Hermanus harbour before embarking on a challenging yet beautiful 90km loop from Hermanus to Stanford through the Hemel en Aarde Valley.
The 21km run will see participants running three loops along the banks of the majestic Klein River, which boasts over 200 different bird species of which 30 are endemic to South Africa.
South Africans are craving a local and affordable triathlon which has a holistic focus to include beauty and family as well as sport. The finish will be celebrated in Stanford’s old town square with a farm-style festival including beer, wine, cheese, food, art and live music, to create an amazing experience and weekend away for the whole family. Wine tasting boat cruises along the famous Klein River flowing through Stanford will allow visitors to engage with the beauty of the environment.
Comments Race Organiser Paul Ingpen, “4 years in the making, together with a series of fortunate events has led all the pieces of the Race 2 Stanford to fit together to become a one a kind ocean half iron distance race.”
“Cape Town lacks a quality half iron (ocean swim) distance triathlon course, and with the Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2018 being awarded to SA, the timing has worked out perfectly. The support from Wesgro, Stanford and Hermanus Tourism, Erdinger as well as the local community has enabled this dream to come to fruition on 18 November 2017.”
For more information visit www.electricink.co.za/race-2-stanford