For the first time ever, over 3000 athletes descended upon Durban, South Africa for the inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN® 70.3 triathlon on Sunday, 2 August 2015. The race was a gruelling 113km that saw the athletes take on the sun - kissed Durban weather. This was a new venue which increased the anticipation for the athletes on what it would be like to complete the 70.3 race in a new environment. The water, weather and routes where different, even the pace was faster. But for our athletes, there is no such thing as an undefeated challenge. It was an exhilarating experience which saw Durban come alive, and our athletes continue winning.
Stuart Marais from South Africa achieved a victory yet again, breaking the tape at (04:00:07); this is a huge accomplishment ahead of his second spot earlier this year at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 East London. Michael Davidson from South Africa saw his victory at second place finishing his race at (04:10:20); with third place going to Rudolf Naude also from South Africa (04:14:24).
Parys Edwards from Great Britain was the female lead and finally took her winning title at (04:28:41) after her third position earlier this year at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 East London, with Andrea Steyn from South Africa succeeding to the second spot at (04:32:40), and Lucie Zelenkova Reed from Czech Republic finishing the race with a big smile and cheerful for her third position finishing at (04:38:00).
Durban was flooded with over 10 000 spectators who were in awe of the magnitude of the event. All spectators were eager to be part of the journey of taking over Durban with Standard Bank rolling out the red carpet to host and entertain athletes and spectators. It is safe to say that this has been one of the best Standard Bank IRONMAN races in 2015.
Congratulations to all the athletes! We salute your perseverance and commitment to Never Stop Moving Forward. Huge thank you to the athletes’ loved ones, families and supporters along with the Standard Bank volunteers who made the day such a success.
The next Standard Bank IRONMAN will take place on 22 August 2015 in Bela Bela, Limpopo.