The 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon is nearing a sell out. With entries filling up and the closing date fast approaching, now is the last chance to get into what is to date the biggest standard distance triathlon in South Africa. The race takes place on Saturday 24 August.
Now in its third year, the race has grown immensely with entries more than doubling after its inaugural year in 2011. The standard distance format, 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, makes the race ideal for novice triathletes to get into the sport and is also long enough for the serious competitors.
The 2012 event saw a healthy uptake of first time triathletes with over 50% of the field having done their first standard distance triathlon. These numbers bode well for the growing sport of triathlon in South Africa and 5150 is the platform for athletes to go on and attempt the longer distances such as IRONMAN 70.3 and full IRONMAN distance races.
The race takes place within the beautiful Forever Resorts Warmbaths and is the perfect setting for a fun family weekend getaway. Only the cycle leg of the race takes athletes out of the resort.
The 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon forms the first qualifier to the Hy-Vee 5150 US Championshipwww.5150belabela.co.za and offers qualifying points and prize money for elite athletes and age-group qualifying slots for amateurs.
Current 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon ladies’ champion, Andrea Steyn, has already done well on the international 5150 circuit this year with second place finishes at both 5150 Kansas and 5150 New Orleans earlier this year in her attempt to qualify for the Hy-Vee 5150 US Championships. The inaugural 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon men’s winner, Travis Johnston, qualified for the 5150 US Championship in 2012.
The 5150 Bela Bela Triathlon is already well over 80% full and entries close on 26 July.
Visit www.5150belabela.co.za to enter and be part of the action in Bela Bela on Saturday 24 August.