The first ever Ironman 70.3 World Championship to take place in Africa will be the 2018 event, to be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018 at Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
An Ironman event was held there in 2004 and since 2015 it has been the home to the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship, and they have now attracted the top event in the international Ironman 70.3 calendar. Nicknamed “The Friendly City,” Port Elizabeth was founded in 1820 and has steadily grown into an economic hub of more than 300,000 inhabitants. In 2010, Port Elizabeth played host to eight games of the FIFA World Cup held in the country. It is also considered the southernmost large city on the continent, just south of Cape Town.
The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event expects to attract more than 6,000 athletes from over 100 global qualifying events in locations such as Australia, China, Spain, South Africa and the Americas.
“We are excited to welcome triathletes from throughout our region and around the world and show them true South African hospitality. For more than a decade IRONMAN has had the privilege of working with Nelson Mandela Bay and the city of Port Elizabeth to put up world-class events,” said Hans Peter Zurbruegg, Managing Director of IRONMAN Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
The 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is taking place on September 9th and 10th, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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