IRONMAN SOUTH AFRICA 2011
Ironman South Africa 2011 is a spectacular race and like most IM races filled to capacity quickly.
I have never in my life had the pleasure of visiting South Africa, but I actually have some very special ties to Ironman South Africa. As Ironman South Africa 2011 gets set for it’s Sunday – 10th April 2011 date with destiny I have fond memories of South Africans who have touched and been touched by Ironstruck.
I’m very pleased to say that of the 120 countries that visit Ironstruck monthly, Ironman South Africa always ranks in the top six or seven for the amount of visitors that stop by.
I will never forget the special email a received a few years ago that went like this…….
“I was a thirty-something secretary who was overweight and a heavy smoker when I came across your website and I bought your book “Ironstruck…The Ironman Triathlon Journey”. I thought, this guy thinks I can be an Ironman if I really want.
Elinor from Namibia.
That is very cool and makes the hundreds and hundreds of hours I have spent writing and creating Ironstruck worth every second.
Than there were the twins from South Africa who contacted me just a year after I began to build this site and the said…..
“We love your website and are printing off sheets of information you have to take to our first Ironman South Africa.
Why don’t you write a book!”
Well, why not indeed. It was that simple statement from two triathletes from South Africa that inspired my very first book “Ironstruck…The Ironman Triathlon Journey.” Not only that, book five will be going to print next week.
Thank you, thank you for inspiring me to do something I never would have thought possible until you challenged me with it.
I will never forget you.
These are the official results for the first five men and women in the 2010 race.
1. Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:23:28 2. Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:28:53 3. Daniel Fontana (ITA) 8:33:48 4. Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:34:52 5. Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 8:40:28
1. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 9:16:55 2. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:22:00 3. Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:29:58 4. Mirjam Weerd (NED) 9:37:24 5. Sonja Jaarsveld (NED) 9:42:20
Very special for Raynard Tissink to win in his home country. Good for him! Also Sonja Tajsich won her second ever Ironman in the 2010 event.
THIS IS VERY COOL!
Southern Africa Entry Fee (Spec-Savers Sponsorship Option):
Before 31 January 2011 ~ R 2450 (VAT Inclusive)
Every Southern African Athlete is offered a private sponsorship by Spec-Savers. If you agree to wear the Spec-Savers race top during the entire event Spec-Savers will cover 40% of your entry fee (ie: R2 450).
This private sponsorship by Spec-Savers is ONLY available up until the 31st January 2011.
(This private sponsorship applies to residents of RSA and Namibia)
For many triathletes, the cost of taking on the Ironman can be too much. For local triathletes to have this option is really great and Spec-Savers should be commended. Sure it is for marketing their brand. But so what? They are doing it in a way that benefits their athletes.
The spectators are an intricate part of any Ironman event anywhere in the world and Ironman South Africa is well known for making the event special and Ironman South Africa 2011 is sure to be the same.
Organizers normally provide a whole day’s entertainment program with traditional dancers, cheerleader, announcers, a kids program and lots of give-aways to keep the crowd involved through-out the day.
I wish all those who are entered in the Ironman South Africa 2011 the best of luck and may the Iron Gods smile down on you and help you realize your Ironman dreams and goals.
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