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Triathlon will test your endurance

Triathletes from far and near will compete this coming weekend at the annual Blue Lagoon Triathlon that returns to Club Mykonos on Saturday 15 February and Sunday 16 February.

Participants in this race will test their skills in running, swimming and cycling.

According to Nicola Moodie, Marketer at Electric Ink (the organiser), there will be some changes to this year’s event so that pedestrians can catch a better glimpse of the runners on the day.

“Our biggest change will be the slight rerouting of the cycle leg, which runs behind the shopping centre,” she explained. “In so doing we hope it will be safer for athletes and more convenient for locals wanting to use the shopping centre.

“We have three triathlons organised for Saturday and three open water swims for Sunday as well as a kid’s splash and dash organised for the Saturday.

“The three distances of triathlon and team options mean that anyone can enjoy an active weekend away with family.”

Moodie adds that the open-water swims on Sunday are for those wanting to work on their swimming and those who love the open water.

“There are so few venues in the Western Cape that provide such clean, clear swimming, so it is an amazing privilege to experience the beauty of the West Coast in this way.”

Serious athletes will be pleased to note that The Blue Lagoon Triathlon is an Olympic and Sprint distance triathlon.

“The event will once again host Western Province Triathlon (CTTA) Championships, so provincial colours are on offer beyond bragging rights,” says Moodie.

“After a swim in the iconic swells of the protected, turquoise saltwater lagoon, athletes will time trial along the coast towards Saldanha Bay on the bike before running laps inside the quaint and colourful seaside resort.”

She also mentions that there will be a 12 to 15-year-old Junior WP race.

Road users should bear in mind there will be a traffic department presence to ensure the race runs smoothly and is conducted in a safe manner.

“Since last year was our first year there were a few learning curves and creases we were hoping to iron out this year,” Moodie explained.

“Road users will be warned where to avoid cyclists and informed of the times the athletes will be using the road.

“We are more involved with local and provincial traffic and have planned a new route through Langebaan to avoid the big intersection by the shopping centre by going around the back of the mall.”

For more information about the Blue Lagoon Triathlon, email Nicola Moodie at Nicola@electricink.co.za or contact her on 076 215 4102.

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