IRONMAN – Durban Race: Spectacular race expected at Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban
2017-06-19 00:00:00.0


Johannesburg – With the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship fast approaching, the stakes are high for the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban due to take place on June 18, and where 35 slots will be up for grabs for qualifying athletes to represent South Africa in Chattanooga, Tennessee USA. 

Set in one of the new "Seven Wonder Cities" of the world, the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban will showcase the best elements of the East Coast City, allowing athletes to take in the sights of the breath-taking Durban coastline while on a course that is considered fast and highly competitive. Approximately 2 800 athletes, with their families, friends and supporters, are expected to flood Durban, filling the already lively atmosphere with an exciting air of anticipation.

“As a business with a 154year history Standard Bank is proud of its values and achievements and we believe in dedication, commitment, endurance and hard work. These values also beat loudly in the hearts of all IRONMAN athletes, who have been training for months and as a result of this insight we have introduced an 18part series that covers various topics aimed at helping both the novice and more experienced athletes. These topics range from nutrition to training tips by world renowned triathlete Raynard Tissink. These videos are available on the Standard Bank You Tube channel-”says Hazel Chimhandamba, Head of Sponsorship at Standard Bank. 

“IRONMAN South Africa events always deliver the best in sporting entertainment, sportsmanship and spirit: to be able to compete, participants must train for months, always embodying the same dedication, commitment and drive to push the limits of excellence that we at the Bank strive to achieve each day. The course for the 2017 Standard Bank has changed with the swim start in the Bay of Plenty, followed by a fast, undulating bike course that heads along the M4 highway and back to the Sun Coast Resort. The flat, two-loop run course along the promenade is sure to provide some fast times along with some spectacular views. 

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Port Elizabeth-born triathlete Hanson Singaphi, who will be participating in the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is one of the celebrated triathletes who will take part in the race. Singaphi is one of the original athletes of the Siyaphambili Triathlon Participation Programme, an initiative that seeks to identify and train previously disadvantaged athletes to participate in the IRONMAN South Africa triathlon. 

Standard Bank and IRONMAN South Africa entered into a sponsorship partnership in 2014 to secure the long-term sustainability of one of the country's premier endurance events. The growth and development of the triathlon sport in South Africa since then has been nothing short of amazing and the road ahead looks even more exciting as interest continues to grow. Standard Bank's sponsorship includes the IRONMAN South African championship, IRONMAN 70.3 events and the 5150 African Triathlon Series which have grown over the last three years. 

“We are also committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the sport of triathlon on the African continent, and for this reason are very proud of IRONMAN South Africa’s impressive upliftment goals and the great work done by Hanson and his colleagues at Siyaphambili,” says Chimhandamba. 

 On the day of the Durban race, Standard Bank will be activating an Aid Station on the run route near the Pirates Surf Lifesaving Club, further to that, from the 15 – 17 June, Standard Bank will have a shoot and print activation for the Athletes at the IRONMAN 70.3 registration area. This activation provides athletes with a physical reminder; an “I was here” photograph of their attendance at the event. 

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