The first day of the multisport weekend saw just under 1 000 athletes competing in one of two triathlon distances – Standard or Sprint – in the Discovery World Triathlon Cup Cape Town. A total of 60 teams entered the team category including several companies, families and schools.
Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness at Discovery said; “It is wonderful to see such a variety of people, from different backgrounds, ages and athletic abilities taking part. The field of competitors ranged from 15 to 64 years old, showing that the sport of triathlon is for everyone.”
Saturday afternoon’s agenda features the female and men’s elite races and spectators are looking forward to seeing SA heroes and Olympians Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray in action.
The Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town is the first event on the Triathlon World Cup global calendar, kicking off the series as well as the 2017 multisport calendar in Cape Town.
“A special part of this event is that it takes place in the heart of one of the world’s most visited cities - giving participants the opportunity to swim in the harbour at the V&A Waterfront, and cycle and run alongside the iconic Cape Town Stadium,” added Dr Nossel.
The 2017 World Triathlon Cup circuit, organised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), will touch down in 17 cities around the globe. The Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town is the perfect multisport event for both high performance athletes, age groupers and novices.
Sunday 12 February will see the second leg of the Discovery Get Active Weekend with another wave of athletes taking part in the Discovery Duathlon, which consists of a run, cycle, run.
In the spirit of the multisport weekend, Michael Davidson and Ben de la Porte, who won their age groups in the Standard and Sprint men’s triathlons respectively, have also entered the Discovery Duathlon.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
This year Discovery is sponsoring the the Discovery World Triathlon Cup Cape Town for the fourth time.
Discovery World Triathlon Cup Cape Town distances:
Standard: 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
Sprint: 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
More photos and footage available on request.
About Discovery Limited
Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.
The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.
Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.
Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange.