MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon Media Release No: DUT1812 02 Mar 2018
Embargo : None Written by: Nick Tatham

Durban Ultra to light up Durban beachfront

Durban Ė The 2018 edition of the MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon is set up to be one of the most tightly contested yet, as the elite athletes fight it out for South African Ultra Triathlon honours on the Durban beachfront on Sunday.

Conditions look to be ideal, with the weather forecast serving up a pristine March day with temperatures set to reach a high of 29 degrees Celsius with gentle winds in the morning from the north east.

There has been a stellar field assembled for the event with some of the top names in ultra-triathlon set to battle it out over a 1.9km swim, 90km road cycle and a 21km run, all based in and around Durbanís famous Golden Mile.

Just looking for a potential title winner is a as tough a task as any with a powerhouse bunch of athletes assembled to shoot out for the national title.

The likes of defending champion Stuart Marais, Sun City Ultra winner James Cunnama, multiple IRON MAN champion Matt Trautman and current XTTERA World Champion Bradley Weiss will all be on the start line to name a few.

Winning the Durban Ultra is seen as one of the holy grailís of triathlon racing in South Africa and with the added incentive of a national title, Marais stated that he was going all out to defend the title that he won in 2017.

Following his well-documented serious accident in 2016, it has been a long recovery for Trautman, but he has shown to the triathlon world that he is on the cusp of his best and will be another tough nut to crack in the flat, fast Durban conditions.

Another athlete who is on the mend following an injury is James Cunnama. The 34 year-old broke his ribs in nine places and punctured his lung in a mountain biking accident at the end of 2017 but has made a solid recovery.

Cunnama will join training partner Trautman on the start line this Sunday and the tussle will be an exciting one despite the pair both having suffered serious injury.

Brad Weiss, who is famous amongst the off-road triathlon circles, took up the opportunity to race in Durban following his XTERRA event in the Philippines being cancelled due to a volcanic eruption.

He raced in an XTERRA event in the Western Cape last week but mentioned that he isnít too concerned about the short change around time between races.

Also on the start line will be Namibiaís JP Burger. Burger won the MiWay Cape Ultra Triathlon in 2017 and has done well in races in KZN in the past.

He won Tinman Race Three at the back end of 2017 as well as won the Mandela Day Triathlon at Midmar Dam so he too will be a contender to watch out for on race day.

In the ladies field it seems that you need not look too far past 2017 champion Annah Watkinson. The defending champion will be out to defend her title as she begins a big year which will hopefully culminate in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii later in the year.

The MiWayLife Durban Ultra is set up to cater for triathletes of all abilities with a Sprint event as well as team events across both the Ultra distance and the Sprint distance.

The Sprint event consists of a 900m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run and is being used as a vehicle to try and encourage people to get involved in the sport of triathlon.

The manageable distances are set-up to assist people in getting into the sport and hopefully build themselves up to take on an Ultra distance event at some stage.

Organisers of the event are encouraging the people of Durban to get to the Golden Mile on Sunday and support some of the country's best triathletes.

The MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon takes place on Sunday 4 March. More information can be found at http://ultratri.co.za/durban-ultra/

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Defending champion Stuart Marais will return to defend his crown at the South African Ultra Distance Triathlon Championships at the 2018 MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon this Sunday. Kevin Sawyer/
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Matt Trautman will be out to get his year off to a good start at the 2018 MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon this Sunday. Kevin Sawyer/
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Defending women's champion Annah Watkinson will be back to try and defend her national title at the 2018 MiWayLife Durban Ultra Triathlon this Sunday. Kevin Sawyer/
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