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Standard Bank 5150 African Triathlon Series: Bela Bela
August 17 @ 8:00 am
Following the format of an Olympic distance triathlon, the 5150 triathlon (pronounced as ‘fifty-one-fifty’) comprises of a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike and a 10km run. The 5150 triathlons are seen as an ideal introduction to competitive triathlon, so whether you are a beginner, or seasoned triathlete looking for the next race, the 5150 event is the ideal race. Along with the Olympic distance event, all 5150 events feature FUNTRI distances for individuals and teams. The FUNTRI is a shorter distance triathlon that consists of a 400m swim, a 20km bike and a 5km run. FUNTRI events offer the perfect introductory distances to those who are curious about trying triathlon for the very first time and entries are open to anyone from the age of 14 years on the day of the race. This will encourage younger athletes to become involved in triathlon, while participating with more relaxed rules than typical, longer distance triathlon events. Teams of 2 or 3 individuals will be allowed to enter the FUNTRI distance, however, the Olympic distance is for individuals only (no teams will be allowed to enter).
Athletes swim 1.5km in the ski dam on the resort, bike 40km northbound on the hilly D10-Alma Road and run a flat, undulating 10km course in the resort. The bushveld resort setting makes the race a great triathlon weekend get-away and it is close enough for the large Gauteng triathlon community to travel to, while providing the ideal setting for an African getaway to international athletes. Warmbaths Forever Resorts features a range of activities including water skiing, quad biking, private game reserve drives, water slides and naturally heated outdoor pools, as well as a spa and indoor/outdoor hydro with therapeutic natural springs for the ultimate post-race relaxation.