Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 Nov 2016
1:13 pm

Mass entries open for Triathlon World Cup

Wesley Botton

The two-day event, which also consisted of a biathlon, would host individual and team races over standard and sprint distances.

(L-R) Emma Jackson of Australia, Gillian Sanders of South Africa and Sarah-Anne Brault of Canada compete in the running section of the Triathlon Mixed Team’s Relay Final at Strathclyde Country Park during day three of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 26, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Organisers hope the earlier date will boost interest from potential participants and spectators despite the country’s most prestigious triathlon race facing a downgrade to second-tier status next season.

Online entries opened yesterday for the Discovery Triathlon World Cup in Cape Town, a mass participation event that was set to be held in February, as the first of 17 legs in the 2017 World Cup series.

The contest, which was previously held in April, had formed part of the top-flight World Triathlon Series for the last three years.

“The earlier date ensures not only a warmer swim than in years past but also great weather for supporters watching friends and family competing on the same course as the world’s top triathletes,” said race director Gary Marescia.

The two-day event, which also consisted of a biathlon, would host individual and team races over standard and sprint distances.