Cape Town is due to host its second World Triathlon Series (WTS) event on 25 and 26 April this year – one of ten cities in which the global series takes place – when locals can either watch elite athletes from 80 countries compete with Table Mountain as the backdrop or participate themselves. Says Bruce Parker-Forsyth, CEO of WORLDSPORT, delivery partner of this major event to Cape Town, “An exciting element to the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town is that ordinary athletes can compete on the same ‘stage’ and race route as top international athletes and be part of a world event. More than 10% of foreign tourists come to South Africa to watch or participate in sport events, with spectators accounting for 60% to 80% of these arrivals. Cape Town is a sports lover’s paradise with an exquisite natural terrain and a strong industry making it the go-to place for top annual events. Our city also offers world-class venues and supporting infrastructure, and South Africans’ passion for sport combine to make Cape Town a huge draw card for World Triathlon Series fans.”
Participants have the option to enter either the Sprint or Olympic distance and para-triathletes (PT2 – PT5) can enter the Sprint event. Team relays for both distances are also on the schedule The Sprint distance includes a 500m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The Olympic distance includes a 1 500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. The minimum age for the Olympic individual is 18 and for teams, 16. Schools are also welcome to enter teams in this special category. The event will start with a swim taking place in the V&A Waterfront’s Quay 6.
In addition to the competitions, athletes will be treated to a weekend full of festivities. Register online today at capetown.triathlon.org.