World Triathlon Corp (WTC) has increased Ironman South Africa’s Ironman World Championship qualifying slots to 50. The announcement comes only three months after Ironman South Africa 2013 event organisers, World Endurance South Africa, announced in June that qualifying slots would be increased from 30 to 40.
The 2013 Specsavers Ironman South Africa event takes place in Nelson Mandela Bay on 14 April 2013.
The latest increase in Kona slots means that the event’s total qualifying slots has now essentially been increased by 20, giving age-group athletes an even greater opportunity to earn a coveted slot to the world’s biggest triathlon spectacle – the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawai’i.
The Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa event has grown to be one of the most attractive races on the Ironman circuit, boasting a competitive course, scenic route and an atmosphere to rival the best in the world. In 2011 Chrissie Wellington shattered the then women’s Ironman world best time on what is described as a fast, flat course.
The Ironman South Africa slot allocation policy will remain as per normal with one qualifying slot allocated equally between men and women for each age group and the additional slots will be rolled down to the age group with the largest number of athletes.