SUPREME ATHLETES BATTLED IT OUT THIS PAST WEEKEND AT THE FIRST EVER MULTIDISCIPLINE, MULTIDAY, MULTISTAGE ENDURANCE EVENT, TRITANIUM
TriTanium, the first multidiscipline, multiday, multistage event globally, was held in KZN from the 1st to the 3rd of November. Through mud and rain, wind and sun, athletes showed what they were made of in what looks set to become one of the toughest races on the annual race calendar.
The hero event featured all 6 disciplines over 3 days:
Day 1 Ride-Run (MTB & trail run)
Day 2 Swim-Ride (dam swim & road ride)
Day 3 Swim-Run (sea swim & road run)
But options were plentiful. Athletes could enter Day 1, 2 or 3 on a single day basis. Runners could enter just the two run stages, cyclists could enter the two cycling stages, and swimmers could enter the two swim stages.
The event encouraged those who wanted to step out of their single discipline, multiday zone, to explore more than one discipline and those who are accustomed to three disciplines in one day to extend themselves over three days.
Day 1 started and ended at Sugar Rush Park with new trails having been cut specifically for TriTanium by trail master Jasper van Vessem. Day 2 started at the tranquil Cable Ski Dam and ended, after a magnificent road ride, at Sugar Rush Park, and Day 3 started with a sea swim from Addington beach and ended after a scenic road run at the Beverly Hills Secret Garden in Umhlanga where spectators and athletes enjoyed well deserved refreshments and prizegiving.
Challenging athletes to prove their mettle, TriTanium is named after the metal with the highest strength-to-density ratio – titanium. It’s strong, durable and resistant, just like the supreme athletes who battled it out to find out who is, indeed, TriTanium.
By all accounts, athletes and spectators alike loved every minute and felt spoilt, celebrated and acknowledged.
The toughness of TriTanium is counterbalanced with the personal attention given to each and every athlete so that, even though they are pushing their bodies and minds further than ever before, the rewards are worth the effort.
“The TriTanium weekend was a celebration of endurance athletes and disciplines, but also the celebration of a lifestyle. What an incredible journey this has been and it’s just the beginning. The toughest of the tough athletes became a family this weekend.” Says Founder and Organsier Laura-Beth Eicker-Harris
First Place: Stuart Marais – Time 08:38:58
Second Palce: Mathew Goetsch – Time: 09:48:20
Third Place: Christopher louw – Time: 10:02:08
First Place: Desiree Verwey – Time 11:58:59
Second Place: Yvette Roberts – Time: 12:28:40
Third Place: Robyn-Leigh Louw – Time: 13:31:38
The organisers would like to thank all the athletes, their friends and families, Holla Trails, the farmers, the Kwazulu Natal community, Sugar Rush Park and the incredible sponsors:
Official accommodation partner, Tsogo Sun; official race vehicle partner, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles; official nutrition partner, Named Sports Nutrition; official hydration partner, Coca-Cola, as well as the TriTanium ambassadors: Stuart Marais, Terence Parkin, Selaotswe (Seal) Tlhakuli, and Lucie Zelenkova.
Some reviews taken from the TriTanium Facebook page:
“Two out of the three days done! What an exceptional event! Extremely challenging, but that’s what we all look for! Brilliant organizing. This is going to go big!” – Heather Casey
“What a fantastic event. The organisation by LB and her team was incredible. All smiles, all day, all weekend long. They were on point. I will definitely be back for more. Well done TriTanium.” – Kelvin Graham Strachan
“Brilliant organization- superb venue.” – John Grobler
Next year’s event dates will be announced soon.
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For more information and event highlights visit www.tritanium.co.za.