What is rated, according to many as ‘one of the most beautiful triathlons in the world,’ took place this past weekend at Kraal Bay inside the West Coast National Park. The sold out event consists of a long and short distance triathlon as well as a long and short swim, creating the perfect platform for beginners, as well as those training for the upcoming Ironman African Championships.
Generous prize money was up for grabs this year with event partners MiWayLife & MiFitLife providing a prize pot of R5000 for the winner of the long swim on Sunday.
Saturday comprised of a short and long distance triathlon, which saw Namibian triathlete Jean-Paul Burger taming a very tough route to win the long triathlon in a time of 02:50:40
Local favourite Kelly Van Der Toorn defended her title winning the ladies leg of the long triathlon in a time of 03:25:32
Results of the long distance triathlon (1st) Jean Paul Burger, (2nd) Iain McGregor, (3rd) Conrad Stoltz. In the ladies, (1st) Kelly Van Der Toorn, (2nd) Emma Alsop and (3rd) Alice Oostehuizen. The short triathlon resulted in the following podium postions; Men (1st) David Talbot, (2nd) Sean McCarthy and (3rd) Coenie De Villiers. In the ladies, (1st) Tania Fourie, (2nd) Michelle Bartman and (3rd) Lesyl Potgieter.
(Kelly Van Der Toorn)
Conditions on Sunday were perfect for athletes as they competed in a short (1.6km) and long (3.8km) swim in the Langebaan Lagoon. The 3.8km swim was won by JP Burger, whilst the ladies did phenomenally well with Emma Alsop making a great come back after being sick last year to be the first lady home.
Results of the long swim (1st) JP Burger, (2nd) Anton Botha and (3rd) Paul Roott. Results of the short swim (1st) Conrad Stoltz, (2nd) Miles Mossop and (3rd) Andrew Bacon.
This unique, family friendly event is a great opportunity for a weekend away with something for everyone to participate in, including the giggly fun kids Splash & Dash that is also part of the line up of events.
For the second year running, MiFitLife, a product within MiWayLife came on board as a sponsor, offering athletes generous prize money as well as life cover to the value of R500,000 for the duration of the weekend. Last year’s winner Matt Trautman was in attendance as a MiFitLife Ambassador to show just how valuable this sports cover is, following a recent cycling incident which saw him break his back when a motorist drove into him in Franschoek in January.
“MiWiyLife is priveleged to be part of this popular and unique family orientated event. It is the only event of this nature and it allows the entire family to participate in a series of fun events, whilst taking in the beauty of our natural surroundings. We will certainly be back again!“ Comments MiWayLife CEO Craig Baker.
Comments Winner JP Burger, “I chose not to race SA Champs this weekend as it overlapped with the annual West Coast Warmwater Weekend. Personally I think this is the prettiest and best organized triathlon in South Africa, and I just couldn’t miss it! I also got to stand next to the best long distance triathlete in SA Matt Trautman! Awesome weekend of racing and great bunch of people.”
(Long Swim Winners)