A new survey reveals that you don’t have to travel overseas to participate in one of the best IRONMAN triathlons on earth.

The Biogen-fuelled IRONMAN African Championship earned a coveted spot in the 2019 IRONMAN Athletes’ Choice Awards, with the spectacular route and crowd support major highlights for competitors.

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Route and spectators make it iconic

“This far-flung race attracts athletes from around the world looking for a truly magical race experience. The seaside town of Port Elizabeth delights athletes year after year with its warm locals’ welcome, and the country as a whole lures finishers to continue their adventures by taking in world-class game reserves, food and wine,” stated the press release.


The annual athlete survey gathers feedback from the global triathlete community. The IRONMAN African Championship event was recognised in the “Overall Satisfaction” category — an all-encompassing category that encompasses swim, bike, and run courses, as well as host cities and post-race celebrations.

Multiple standout attractions

Survey respondents also included IRONMAN South Africa as one of the top 10 races to attend this year.

The event was also ranked among the top 10 most highly recommendable races, along with other accolades including a top-ranking among “Overall Run”, “Overall Venue Experience”, and “Post-Race Celebration Experience” categories, which cemented the iconic South African race as one of the best on the global calendar.

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