Taking place on 24 June 2017, the latest addition to the expanding Ocean Lava triathlon series is Ocean Lava Mamaia, Romania.
Mamaia is a ‘thin strip of sand extending a few kilometres north-east from Constanţa’ (the biggest port city in Romania) and Romania’s largest and most popular holiday resort. It’s situated on an 8km long stretch between Constanta and Navodari city and a 300m wide sandy landstrip between Lake Siutghiol and the Black Sea.
The Ocean Lava Romania team add that Mamaia Beach is covered with fine sand, without excessive stones and shells, and entry to the sea can be done smoothly, with the depth of the sea growing gradually over a long distance.
In the tourist season, from early June to early September, the Mamaia beachfront is ‘lined end to end with sunbathers from all around Romania’. By night… ‘Mamaia morphs into what feels like one long nightclub, with dozens of high-adrenaline dance places and impromptu beach parties.’
Kenneth Gasque, founder of the Ocean Lava triathlon series said “Showcasing Mamaia as a new Ocean Lava triathlon destination and joining forces with Smart Atletic from Romania is a dream come true. Constanta’s rich cultural history with Mamaia as an astonishing destination is the best place to combine racing triathlon and to have a perfect holiday; and we’re excited to add Ocean Lava Romania.
“Adding this race and working with this team is perfect for a tremendous 2017 season. This is just a start of our long-term development plan to help continue growing triathlon in Romania. The Ocean Lava Romania team have done a truly remarkable job in bringing a new race for our athletes and I’m sure athletes will never forget racing at Ocean Lava Mamaia.”
The new Ocean Lava Mamaia is also part of the half distance circuit of the Romanian Triathlon Federation – FRTRI Half distance Triathlon Series Events, along with three other events, the Mamaia event being the second stage in the series.
“We decided to get an Ocean Lava Planet licence because we wished to create a successful international half distance event, which would allow us to maintain our local identity and culture, while also improving competitive levels in the amateur category and at the same time promoting Mamaia resort as a tourist destination for sports.” said Vlad Stoica, President of the Smart Atletic Sports Club and Managing Director of new Ocean Lava Romania race organization.
“We have managed to do that in the last few years, as our resort already has a consecrated place on the map of international sports events. Enthusiasm, friendship, fun and competitiveness will come together in an absolutely remarkable race.”
Ocean Lava Romania is positioned as a competition for ‘brave, well trained athletes, as well as for those seeking to surpass their own limits’. Participants will be able to choose between one of the two distances, generically called HERO and BRAVE. HERO is the crowning race of the competition, aimed at the well trained and comprising the following distances: 1.9km swim, 96km bike and 21km run. BRAVE was conceived for those seeking to surpass their own limits, and consists of a 1km swim, 64km bike and 7km run.
The age group categories for the HERO race will be based on year of birth (one year for each category), so there will be no more categories in which to chalk up an age group win. For the BRAVE race, however, categories will be based on five-year intervals.
Registration is now open, and there is a limited number of places for each race: 200 for the HERO (individual), 50 for the relay and 100 places for BRAVE race format. Ocean Lava Romania, Mamaia, is a competition organised by the Smart Atletic Sports Club, with the support of the Constanța City Municipality and the Romanian Triathlon Federation. Event partners also include PowerBar, TYR, Felt, Skoda and Gral Medical. The media partner is Virgin Radio Romania.
Constanța city and Mamaia are served by the Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport which is about 35km away from Mamaia. It is accessed by regular, low-cost carriers from London, Istanbul, Varna and Bergamo. There is also possibility to take a bus, rent-a-car or train to Mamaia from Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, Romania’s busiest international airport.