6 Amazing Triathlons That Are Perfect For Newbies

If you get bitten by the tri bug after these, don't say we didn't warn you.



Whether you’re a triathlon fiend or just want to dip your toe in and see what it’s all about, we’ve got the perfect race for you. Find out which triathlon suits you best here…

Most Hard-Core:


Full Ironman, Nelson Mandela Bay, April 27 2019

It’s a 3800m sea swim, 180km ride and 42km run. If the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, it’s a suffer fest! You have 17 hours to complete the course.

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This is a sprint distance triathlon in Sun City, so the distances are short and the resort is your playground!

Biggest After-Party:

Freshpak Fitness Festival, Clanwilliam, September 29 2018

It’s held at the Clanwilliam Dam
 and the sprint race is definitely just a warm-up for the after-party. You don’t even have 
to do the whole race 
– enter as a team and do one discipline each. A dress-up theme adds to the fun in the circus-style “disco tent”!

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For The Whole Family:


The Warm Water Weekend, Langebaan, TBC March 2019

A weekend away where everything 
is geared towards family time. Apart from a challenging senior race, there are kids’ races, nature hikes, stargazing, campfires and live entertainment.

Best Vibe:

Half Ironman 70.3, East London, 27 January 2019

It’s a tough race, but achievable for most people with the right training. Commentator Paul Kaye creates a world-class finish-line vibe where all the athletes get welcomed onto the red carpet, have their names displayed as they cross the line and get cheered by the crowds on the grandstands.

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Best Cherry-Popper:

Discovery ITU World Triathlon, Cape Town, TBC February 2019

The best of the best, as well as first-timers, get to test their mettle over a weekend that offers a variety of races from sprint to standard distances.

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