Huge response to event as demand for entries soars

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Athletes in action at the TriRock Durban 2013 with Frank Smuts leading the pack. Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock

South Africans love competition and this has been borne out by the demand for entries into this year’s edition of TriRock Durban, to be held on the 5th October this year, following the huge success of the inaugural event last year. The field size will be capped at 1200 entries and the current entry list is creeping ever closer to the 1000 mark.

Race Director, Grant Kunneke, praised the athletes for being pro-active and was glad that they event as was placed at the right time of the year to attract triathletes from Durban, Johannesburg and as far afield as Dubai. “We have seen a phenomenal response from the Gauteng athletes and know that many will be coming in for the weekend with their whole family so that they can participate in the events happening from Friday to Sunday.”

There are 20 entries from Dubai, with 6 countries being represented currently. Kunneke added, “the contribution and value that this adds to the city and local economy is significant and we are glad to be partnering with eThekweni Municipality to make this another world class production in the city.”

With the experience and learning gained from last year, the event organisers have made changes to the route and course to improve the overall experience everyone can look forward to at this year’s edition of the race. The 1.9km swim will start and finish from the Bay of Plenty this year, and the transition area will be on what is know as the “Bay Lawns”. The athletes follow a direct route onto the M4 to ensure they access the safe and closed roads as quickly as possible for the 90km cycle leg along the beautiful North Coast.

A novel attraction for this year, which adds significant value to both spectators and athletes, is the introduction of “RockSpots” on the cycle route, festive points that spectators can access quickly and easily to support their athletes and enjoy the party atmosphere at each RockSpot. These two points will be at Sibaya Casino and the turning point at Ballito.

Once the cycle leg is complete, athletes will transition on the Sunkist Lawns, with the finish area being in the same place as last year, with the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium as the backdrop for the run route. The promenade, which is proving so popular with all Durban residents, will be the run route, comprising three loops of 7km each to cover the 21km distance. This gives spectators an unprecedented 9 opportunities to see their athletes on the run leg of the triathlon.

Another unique and novel addition to the race is a special area where athletes can pick up their kids immediately before they are about to enter the finish line straight, allowing them to share the experience with the whole family. “Kids are welcome and we will do what we can to ensure athletes can access their kids safely and fairly,” said Kunneke of this novel activation.

Entries for the event are still open; see www.trirock-durban.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 grant@tri-rock.com.