Triathlon for kids a new event in Summer Series

THE popular About IT Triathlon Summer Series, a three-part sprint distance triathlon, returns to Nelson Mandela Bay on Monday, with the first round being the Summerstrand to Schoenmakerskop event. The series will end on December 22.

Hundreds of triathletes from around the country use the Summer Series as an end-of-season training session.

More than 100 individuals are expected to take part in round one which sees the triathletes completing a 750m swim off Pollok Beach, a 20km cycle to Schoenmakerskop and a 5km run along the Sacramento Trail which takes the competitors from Schoenies through to Sardinia Bay and back again.

“The Triathlon Summer Series has been around for over a decade and each year it grows in popularity,” series organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports said. “Last year saw a great growth in the number of teams competing.

“This year we’ve introduced a kids’ triathlon on the evening before to encourage youngsters to become involved in this awesome sport.

“The sprint distance offers an exciting introduction to the swim, cycle, run combination sport and is achievable for most novice fitness enthusiasts.”

A triathlon for children 15 years and under will take place at Pollok Beach on December 21. Distances for the children 11 years and under will be a 100m swim, 2.5km cycle and 1km run, while the 15-and-under group will do a 200m swim, 5km cycle and 2.5km run.

Several celebrities compete regularly in the series, including former Springbok rugby player Ollie le Roux, who has confirmed he will again be entering.

The first 200 adult participants to register online will receive a series shirt.

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