Mitsubishi drives triathlon at Challenge Cape Town

Brian Joss – The first middle distance triathlon in Cape Town will be held on Sunday November  10, with Mitsubishi Motors South Africa supplying a fleet of support vehicles to help get the organisers, officials and safety officers where they need to be.

Competitors from all over the world will take part in the 1.9km swim, 90km bike race and 21km run.

“This is the first middle distance triathlon held in the Mother City, and Mitsubishi Motors South Africa is proud to be associated with this inaugural international event focussing on three key Mitsubishi traits – strength, endurance and character,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.

Cape Town has been voted the best city in the world for five years running and is consistently rated one of the world’s favourite tourism and sporting destinations.

“The addition of an international triathlon will cement our reputation as SA’s sports capital,” says Cape Town mayor Dan Plato. “The race format and spectacular scenery will showcase the Mother City in a way I’m sure will make for a memorable event for local and international participants, and the economic impact will have significant benefits for our residents.”

The event starts with a 1.9 km swim in Big Bay, Blaauwberg, followed by a scenic 90km cycle along the coastal road back to the city, while the 21 km run in the historical District Six area will be a colourful experience. The looped format of the cycle and run is perfect for spectators to come and support their favourite athletes.

Race director Gary Marescia says the growing popularity of middle distance triathlons, coupled with the Cape Town event’s flat, fast and scenic route, positions CHALLENGECAPETOWN as a desirable race for seasoned and first-time competitors alike.

Challenge Cape Town joins the international Challengefamily franchise as one of more than 35 triathlon events run in more than 20 countries across the globe.

CEO Zibi Szlufcik says it is a ‘dream come true’ to extend the Challenge Family race portfolio to Africa – especially Cape Town.

“Cape Town is a world class destination and we look forward to an excellent experience for all athletes. Competitors from all over the world will be part of history this year and I’m personally thrilled to share the start line with our athletes. Our athlete-centric approach perfectly matches the local hospitality and I am excited to meet athletes from across the globe at the Cape Town finish line!”

Challenge Cape Town is the first and only Challenge Family event on the African continent. The middle-distance event (1.9 km swim, 90 km cycle, 21.1 km run) offers a cold-water swim, flat and fast route and an undulating run – all in full view and against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain, the 8th natural wonder of the world. The series of Challenge Family triathlons features more than 40 full and half distance races in 26 countries around the world. Visit: or for more information on the inaugural triathlon.

Event Info


DATE: Sunday, 10 November.

SWIM VENUE: Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, where a 1.9km cold water swim awaits. This single loop swim will be wetsuit compulsory.

CYCLING: 90 km looped cycle course from Big Bay with three loops of just under 20 km each between Atlantic Beach Golf Estate and Dolphin Beach Hotel before continuing for the exciting sprint finish along Government Avenue in the Company’s Garden in the Cape Town CBD.

RUNNING: Half marathon of three 7 km loops from the Company’s Garden, through Zonnebloem and towards District 6, finishing on the school fields of Cape Town High School.

CAPTION: Challenge: competitors get into gear for the cold water swim. Picture: Quickpic

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