There’s a new race rolling into town… 1500 Hy-Vee 5150 US Champs ranking points for 1st spot, a whopping R212 500 prize purse and all set in the heart of one of South Africa’s most enthusiastic triathlon communities. Here’s why you want to sit up and take notice of the 5150 Triathlon South Africa.

24 August 2013 – 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon
This will be the third year the 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon takes place at Forever Resorts Warmbaths in the warm Bushveld town of Bela Bela. A weekend away at the 5150 Bela Bela is the perfect antidote for the winter blues.
This event is a great introduction to standard distance triathlon, either as an individual or as a relay team. In 2012 a staggering 53% of the field had never taken on a standard distance triathlon before, and the total event field more than doubled from 2011. These figures alone are an immense achievement for such a young event. Come and see what the fuss is all about!
Their website www.5150.co.za contains more information and multimedia clips from last year’s event.
Entries for 2013 are now open.
27 October 2013 – Ekurhuleni 5150 African Champs
2013 sees the roll out of an additional 5150 event in the heart of Gauteng. The Ekurhuleni 5150 African Championship is set to serve as the series final and will take place on the 27th of October 2013 inside the newly revamped Germiston Lake municipal park.
The course will take athletes on a one lap swim, one lap bike and two lap run and has the potential to become Africa’s biggest mass participation triathlon in the core of one of South Africa’s triathlon hubs. This event is the catalyst that triathlon in South Africa has been waiting for – become part of history on the 27th of October 2013.
Entries open in the last week of May 2013.
What does the series offer to novices?
Swimmers, cyclists and runners who are looking for a new challenge, adventure enthusiasts, health and fitness converted and bucket list chasers are all among the new generation of triathletes who are experiencing the unique challenge and joy of racing triathlon with a like-minded community. Anyone older than 18 years can join in on the 5150 Triathlon Series as an individual or as part of a relay team.
What does the series offer to seasoned age group campaigners?
There are two tiers of competitive age groups systems that run in 5150 Triathlon. The first tier, which applies to the majority of the field, is the established 5 year age group bracket system: 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; up to the oldest participant. Athletes in the age group category contend for three age group trophies in each gender. The top ten in each age group also secure a slot to the Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship event.
The Elite Age group category is a separate Age Group Category for those age group men and women who are competitive racers and can have qualified for the 5150 Elite Age Group qualification times at a standard distance triathlon in the previous year. For men it’s a sub 02:15 and woman a sub 2:30. Athletes who enter in this category compete against each other regardless of their age, with three trophies and ten Hy-Vee 5150 US Champs slots up for grabs per gender. Elite Age Groupers compete for significantly higher valued prizes at the Hy-Vee 5150 US Champs.
What does the series offer to professional triathletes?
The exciting news here for PRO athletes is that the Ekurhuleni 5150 African Champs event carries 1500 ranking points for 1st spot towards the Hy-Vee 5150 US Champs qualification and a whopping R212 500 prize purse (5150 Bela Bela carries 500 ranking points and prize purse of R85 000).
Both the 2013 South African 5150 Events count towards the Hy-Vee 5150 US Champs in September 2014. If you win both, or even come second in both, there is a high probability that you will qualify for Hy-Vee or come very close to qualification without having to race internationally. An even bigger advantage is if you have a WTC PRO license, competing in the IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa 2014 will also count towards your qualification for the Hy-Vee 5150 US Champs. Your best five 5150 Triathlon results and best two IRONMAN 70.3 results in the applicable season will count towards qualification.
This offers South African and African athletes the opportunity to race on a level playing field to gain qualification to the grand slam of triathlon in the US.
To enter as a PRO at 5150 you must either have a PRO license from the WTC or have an Elite or U23 Elite Status from TSA or another Federation.
Article courtesy of www.5150.co.za