Lifestyle and wellness expert, Lisa Raleigh, renown for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA’s The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol’s Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3s daily morning show, has signed up with her Ignition GT TV host husband Marius Roberts to do the Midlands Ultra Sprint Triathlon. Lisa and her husband Marius have been looking for new fitness challenges and the popular Midlands Ultra Triathlon is it. Never having done a triathlon before, this event is going to be their first race including all three disciplines. Adding to her list of credits, Lisa is also a published author of best seller, No Fries on Us which she co-wrote with former Supersport presenter Darren Scott following his dramatic 40kg weight loss and life transformation while following Lisa’s 12week programme. It was MNET who first brought Marius to our television screens as one of their presenters 14 years ago and in this time he literally has seen it and done it all in the industry.As a presenter / MC / actor, he has got to meet andwork with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jenson Button, Elizabeth Hurley as well as many more and a whole host of local sporting & media stars. For the last 3 years he has anchored SA’s first dedicated motoring channel, Ignition, on DSTV Channel 265, where he gets to put everything with 4 wheels through its paces…the ultimate job! With only a few weeks left competitors need to secure their place on the starting line before it’s too late. This “Must do” event is the highlight of the KZN Triathlon and Multisport calendar with SA’s top athletes pouring in from around South Africa to claim their share of the increased R40 000 prize purse. This is the second event in the Midlands ULTRA Tri-series and takes place on the 7th of October at the beautiful venue of Midmar Dam, deep in the heart of the KZN Midlands. Adventurer and extreme sports personality, Sean Wisedale has also secured his place on the Midlands Ultra starting line. Sean Wisedale is the first person from Africa to have climbed the ‘Seven Summits’, a unique mountaineering prize consisting of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Sean has guided trips to Mt Everest Base Camp, Mt Kenya, Mt Aconcagua and has guided up Mt Kilimanjaro 18 times. On the 30th May 2003, Sean reached the summit of the highest of all mountains, Mount Everest at 8850m. It was a hugely emotional and celebratory moment. The team had struggled for two months against the worst weather seen on the mountain for decades and finally succumbed to defeat. Competitors wanting to take part can do the event in a 2 or 3 man Team or as an individual. Teams and individuals can both win prize money and anyone can enter from novices to weekend warriors, as long as you are over 15yrs old. The Sprint Triathlon is the shortest of the 3 events, consisting of a very manageable 600m Swim, 20km Cycle and a 5km Run. This SPRINT event is aimed at families and competitors who enjoy doing short triathlon for fun. The 2nd event is the NEW kid on the block, the Canoe ULTRA triathlon. This new canoeing event consists of a 15km Paddle, 90km Cycle and a 21km Run. The canoeing event is the first to start at 6:50am and will attract paddlers from around KZN who are looking for another challenging multisport event. The biggest event of the day is the ULTRA Triathlon or ½ Iron man distance race. This event attracts around 450 competitors and has a cut off time of 7hrs 40min (3pm) Athletes will need to complete a 1.9km Swim, 90km Cycle and a 21km Run. Athletes competing in any of these events will be well looked after, with Loaded Goodie bags at registration, well stocked Water tables by GU Energy and an athlete’s finishers tent which will have drinks and food to fuel your next challenge. Apart from the R40 000 in prize money, there is also over R50 000 worth of lucky draw prizes to give away, from Thule, Nike Vision, GU, Finis, Xterra Wetsuits, Troisport & Nottingham Road Breweries. All levels of athletes will enjoy this unique race set in a spectacular and beautiful environment. A broad range of categories are open that cater for all athletes, weekend warriors as well as relay teams. With a healthy prize purse of R40 000, all of SA’s top triathletes will be battling it out for overall line honours and spectators are encouraged to come support their friends and families. Entries close on Sunday 23rd of September and no late entries will be allowed. For more information on the event and to enter, go to www.midlandsultra.com or contact B-Active Sports at info@midlandsultra.com. Issued by : Damian Bradley, Race Director / B-Active Sports / 082 559 2080. www.bactive.com