The annual Bonaqua Troutbeck African Triathlon Union (ATU) tournament will be held at Troutbeck Resort, in Zimbabwe‘s eastern Highlands, on 1 April 2017. 

This is the inaugural year for Bonaqua water as title sponsor although Coca-Cola has been involved for the last four years with Schweppes water. Other sponsors of the ATU include Hyndai, Bokomo, Bon Marche and DHL.

The event marks the tenth anniversary of triathlon event as being sanctioned by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) as an African Cup, which is a point scoring race for elite athletes within within the ITU ranking system. For Zimbabwean athletes this event will also be national championships. The occasion will also introduce schools targeting aquathon ‘It incorporates run-swim and-run as one continuous event for teams and individuals. Schweppes Holdings will also sponsor the first Triathlon corporate team relay challenge 

The venue is renowned as one of the best for the sport, owing to safe, clean, disease and animal free water and good roads within perfect terrain. The hotel has all the required amenities for such a big event.

The African Triathlon Union African Cup is the main drawcard.The athletes will be trying to beat the course records and dethrone Ayan Beisenbayev of Kazakhstan in the elite men and veteran Fabienne St Louis of Mauritius in the elite women event. Elite athletes are expected from Japan, South Africa, Namibia and host Zimbabwe and they will do a 1500m swim, 40km cycle followed by a 10 kilometer run. 

The standard distance for the 20 to 65 year age group will do the distance equal to the elites. This category also allows team entries. The sprint category (half standard) will be for those above 20 years or under 17 and under 19 entries. The super sprint (quarter standard) will feature mainly under thirteen youths for the 375 m swim, 10km bike and 2, 5 km run.

The best junior athletes who will excel have a chance to be selected for the Tunisian African championships in May this year.

Since triathlon became an Olympic sport in 2000, interest continues to grow in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world, for a sport that was only established in 1989.

 

Contacts for media: 

Vee Chibanda, Coca Cola    
Tel:263 4 339 258    Cell: + 263 772143108

Major Tikiwa, Multimedia Zimbabwe  
Tel:  +263 (4)776212  Cell:+ 263 712 865 919

 

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