Durban is set to host the inaugural TRI ROCK half ironman distance triathlon in Septmeber of this year.The challenge of completing a swim-bike-run combination of events is one many athletes aspire to complete. Durban, in association with partners and the KZN Triathlon Association, are happy to welcome a new event to the capital of sport in SA, to accommodate these aspiring athletes. Tri-Rock Durban is set to proverbially “rock” the town with its fresh ideas, race format and organization on the 22nd September 2013

Grant Kunneke, of TriRock events, and organiser of TriRobben Island, has identified Durban as the ideal venue to host a swim of 1.9km, a cycle of 90km and a run of 21km. Kunneke commented, “Durban has everything we need to make this event happen. It has been years in the planning and we are finally getting closer to the race date of 22nd September.” The swim is to be held in the calm waters below uShaka Marine World, while the cycle will offer beautiful views of the coastline as it winds its way up toBallito and back. The run route is an out-and-back route on the newly refurbished promenade on Durban’s beachfront and finishes on the green lawns of SunCoast Casino. The route makes for compelling views but is also undulating enough to offer variety and enjoyment for all abilities. Durban will roll out the red carpet for the all those wishing to join the action. The City will focus on festivities and events in the month of September and have a full programme of activities for all wishing to enjoy the sunshine and experience the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The event will accommodate individual athletes as well as those wishing to compete in a relay-type format.

For those unable to finish the longer distance event, there will be shorter options to choose from.The weekend will be a sporting festival for the whole family with a unique event, Chics Rock, on Friday evening putting a new meaning to the term “paint the town red” as all participants will experience a Neon Splash dash as part of a 10km run. For youngsters and budding triathletes there is Urban Rock Sprint Triathlon on Saturday morning while Tri-Rock Saturday (and Sunday) will bring the music “rock” to the event featuring top SA music artists in a celebration of the fun and festivities. Kids Rock at midday on Saturday gives the next generation a chance to join in the fun. Entries for the event are currently open, and all aspiring triathletes can find a distance that suits them. Visit www.trirock-durban.com for full details. To be part of all this amazing action, take advantage of the “early bird” registration discounts and involve all in the family.

Credit: 369 communications (graham@369communications.co.za)