Cape Town in South Africa is a week away from rolling out the red carpet for the Challenge Cape Town Festival, a weekend of sporting events that gets under way on 9-10 November.
The weekend comprises a series of open water swim races in Big Bay on Saturday, a family fun run on Sunday, as well as the first middle distance triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run) to take place within the city.
Challenge Cape Town forms part of the global Challenge Family franchise, and is the first (and, thus far, only) Challenge Family event in Africa and South Africa.
The Challenge Cape Town triathlon will comprise a 1.9km swim in Big Bay, a 90km cycle that includes a 3-lap flat and fast cycle along the scenic Otto du Plessis Drive stretching between Dolphin Beach and Atlantic Golf Estate, and culminates in a unique ride into the City and through the Company’s Garden. The 21km run will be completed over three laps in the Zonnebloem / District Six precinct – passing some of the city’s historical buildings and iconic landmarks, such as Parliament, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope along the way.
“There have been many attempts by different race organisers to stage a middle distance triathlon in Cape Town over the years, so I am absolutely thrilled that we are finally doing it,” said Challenge Cape Town Race Director, Gary Marescia.
“Staging this event is a dream come true for the organising team at WorldSport, and something the triathlon community in Cape Town has been waiting for. We are especially grateful to the City of Cape Town. They have been incredibly supportive and worked extremely hard with us to make this happen.”
While the triathlon will test the fittest multisport athletes, the Challenge Cape Town Festival of events also include a number of races for the rest of the family, and Cape Town’s outdoor enthusiasts.
Challenge Cape Town Swim is a series of ocean swim races in Big Bay on Saturday, 9 November. It includes a 1.9km open water swim (following the same route as the triathlon swim on Sunday), as well as a 4 x 300m junior swim relay, and a 4 x 150m kids’ swim relay. Wetsuit and skins swimmers are welcome.
The Challenge Cape Town 6km Family Fun Run / Walk takes place on Sunday, 10 November. Starting and finishing at Cape Town High School – transformed into the Challenge Cape Town Finish Village on Sunday – the run/walk is positioned for runners and walkers of all ages. All finishers will receive a medal, and participants are encouraged to go back onto the route and support the triathletes as they complete their 21km run along the same course.
“As a Challenge Family event, we place great emphasis on promoting sport and a healthy lifestyle to all members of our athletes’ families, as well as the communities in which we operate,” added Gary Marescia.
“Adding the swims and run/walk to Challenge Cape Town was an important step to harness the wider community and show them that you don’t have to be a triathlete to be a Challenge Cape Town athlete; we celebrate all levels of fitness and the efforts of every participant, whether they complete the 6km fun run or a middle distance triathlon.”
Online entries close on 3 November for the triathlon, and on 7 November for the Fun Run and Swims.