Many can only watch in wonder as Ironman athletes from around the world take on the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42km run. But what if you could get a taste of the course these mighty men and women will tackle in this year’s Ironman African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa?
Corporate Triathlon Challenge in association with AlgoaFM is giving locals an opportunity to do just that, in what is known by most as the “corporate Ironman”. The race sees athletes from all walks of life taking on 10% of the official Ironman course and takes place on the Saturday of Ironman weekend each year.
In #TruBlu spirit the Radisson Blu, Port Elizabeth has entered three teams in this year’s competition.
“Last year we missed out on this event, but this year we wanted to make sure staff get an opportunity to take part,” says Deputy General Manager Mark Huppelschoten.
An avid sportsman himself, Mark will be taking part in the challenge along with Executive Chef, George Foley; IT manager, Rudy Marx and Pastry Chef, Mthobeli Ndaleni.
So, what exactly are these brave gentlemen in for? Well, try 380m of swimming, a 18km cycle and a 4.2km run to finish. Organisers have gone the extra mile to make this one special and set it up so that corporate Ironman athletes finish on the Official Ironman African Championship finish line!
Mthobeli Ndaleni says, “I want to be number one, that’s why I’m training so hard.” He happens to be a seasoned half marathon runner, so this should be a piece of cake for him.
IT manager, Rudy Marx on the other hand tries not to take these things too seriously, but also believes that’s the kind of attitude that gets him good results. Never one to shy away from risk, Chef Foley has only been cycling for one month and doesn’t even own his own bicycle, but says he’s got the legs for this.
Deputy General Manager Mark will be taking on this event as an individual athlete and says this is the wake-up call he needed to get back into his full Ironman career. It’s been six years since he did his last Ironman African Championship and this is the push he needs to get back in the game.
The Radisson Blu, Port Elizabeth is located right on the official Ironman course, only a 1.5km walk from the race village. This makes it an excellent option for Ironman athletes and we are proud to host many of this year’s participants.
Apart from the incredible sea-facing rooms, guests can enjoy our Buffet & Pasta offer the evening before the race and an Athlete’s Breakfast is served from 4:00 am to 6:00 am on race day at Tabu Restaurant, exclusively during Ironman weekend.