South Africa’s World Heritage site, Cradle of Humankind, is honouring it’s past by looking to the future. Gauteng Tourism has seen the merit in staging youthful events to celebrate the heritage and beauty of this pristine area. All departments, including Provincial Roads, have come together to make a swim, cycle and run (triathlon) possible. The race will be hosted in Hero Adventure Park and presented by TriRock events who have successfully staged events on Robben Island and in Durban. Race date is the 15th February 2015.
Local business owners are embracing the concept as they foresee added revenue and exposure for the area. Athletes, their families, and all event services will use their offerings, putting much-needed funds into the purses of the locals. In turn this will benefit those employed in the area as their jobs and livelihood become sustainable. The event organisers have committed to source and use all local labour and / or products where possible. Race Director, Grant Kunneke commented, “TriRock Cradle of Humankind will offer a uniquely African triathlon set in the heart of the Cradle area. Gauteng Tourism have been fantastic and earmarked this as a GTA signature event with a view to not only attracting triathletes nationally but internationally. With TriRock’s experience with World Heritage sites and a chance for athletes to race with zebra, buck and giraffe around them makes this event unique in every way. The course showcases the best of The Cradle will reveal some hidden gem sections of the cycle route, which I think the athletes, will absolutely love. In true Gauteng and South African style, this will be an event that the athletes and their families can embrace and make their own.”
The hosting this event will be an achievement in itself, but in addition a tar road has been authorized to facilitate this event and is currently under construction. The road will allow the athletes access from the site of their 1,9km swim, to the surrounding roads to complete their 90km cycle leg. Full road closures will ensure that the roads will be free from traffic to ensure the safety of all competitors. The athletes will complete their 21km run portion of the triathlon in the magnificent and attractive Hero Adventure Park.
The CEO of Gauteng Tourism, Ms Dawn Robertson said, “The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an area of tremendous heritage significance and sublime natural beauty. It is an excellent and healthy environment in which to complete this sports event, challenging participants in body, mind and spirit. I hope that they respect and enjoy this superb location and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with the organisers of this event.”
The athletes entering TriRock Cradle can look forward to something special and unique. Many of the country’s top triathletes are already committed to competing on the day. The swimming leg will be in Lake Heritage, the largest hand-made dam in Africa. The two-lap cycle leg will go out to the Hartbeeshoek Radio Astronomy Observatory, offering some unique and challenging sections. The run will be undulating and demand supreme fitness. The stories of victorious participants will be legendary and enduring.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, home to the famous Mrs Ples, Littlefoot and Karabo fossils, will now have another rock to boast about, the TriRock triathlon. The race organisers are committed to huge respect for residents, business and the environment. The entire spectacle will be a winning combination for all concerned.
Entries for the event are now open; see www.trirock-cradleofhumankind.com for more event information. The event caters for relay teams so any athlete wishing to complete an individual leg of the triathlon can do so as a team of three. Event Director, Grant Kunneke can be contacted on 0825645345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.