The quaint towns of Hermanus and Stanford came alive on Saturday as the inaugural Pura Soda Race 2 Stanford kicked off with a chilly but turquoise clear and calm 1.9km swim in and around the Hermanus New Harbour.
Athletes then cycled a challenging 90km bike ride through the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley, up Shaws Pass and back (up and) down into Stanford. Here the iconic Village Green saw athletes transition into their run gear. The leafy green riverside Stanford Wandelpad welcomed runners in all its beauty as they ran three loops of 7km alongside the Klein Rivier.
Generous prize money was up for grabs from event partner National Health Care. A prize pot of R30,000 for the top 3 men and ladies was provided.
Matt Trautman put on a superhuman performance to win (4:18) the men’s event. This marked his comeback to the sport after a freak accident saw him spending the better half of this year in rehab.
Local favourite and mother of three Kelly Van Der Toorn claimed the title winning the ladies leg in a time of 5:42. She was followed closely by multiple Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Robyn Owen. Young rising star, fresh off the Kona podium, Gabriella Gioia was not too far behind.
Results of the ultra distance triathlon (1st) Matt Trautman 4:18, (2nd) JP Burger 4:25, (3rd) Stuart Marais 4:32. In the ladies, (1st) Kelly Van Der Toorn 5:42, (2nd) Robyn Owen 5:50 and (3rd) Gabriella Gioia 6:01.
A welcomed addition to the South African race calendar
“We at Pura Soda were really happy to be part of the first Race 2 Stanford. This is definitely a “better for you’’ drink. It is perfectly suitable as a tasty refreshment to athletes during this grueling race. As a new brand, we are thrilled to be in partnership with Race 2 Stanford as it surely has the potential to become the leading South African triathlon. We are looking forward to taking this partnership to great heights.” Comments Keith Stevens, Chief Commercial Officer of Pura Soda.
Comments Winner Matt Trautmann, “The Pura Soda Race 2 Stanford course is what one could call ‘Honest.’ The hilly one lap bike course, exposed to the elements, made for a real test of strength and character. Thankfully the scenic run in Stanford and relaxed atmosphere made for a great finish. Thanks to Paul Ingpen and his team for a superb race and a very welcomed addition to the South African race calendar.
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