Over 900 athletes converged up in Gauteng to participate in the Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni
Ekurhuleni, South Africa (20 October 2019) – Hot race conditions made the 2019 Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni one to remember for Michael Ferreira and Natalie Sterk, winning the men’s and women’s races respectively. City of Ekurhuleni, Germiston hosted over 900 athletes from around the country, kicking off the second instalment of the Standard Bank 5150 African Triathlon Series.
With the water temperature at 20 Degrees Celsius and air temperature reaching 32 Degrees Celsius, this set the scene for what would be a thrilling battle between the athletes. Athletes competing in the Olympic distance were greeted with a 1.5km swim in the Germiston Lake, and then headed out onto the 40km bike course along the N17 freeway, turning at the Dalpark Toll Plaza.
The 10km run took the athletes next to the lake through the park towards the Germiston Golf Club and finishing in the park. The event also hosted a FUNTRI distance which consisted of a 400m swim, a 20km bike and a 5km run.
The 2019 Standard Bank 5150 Ekurhuleni saw athletes representing 8 provinces (with 86% of the field from Gauteng) and 10 countries, excluding South Africa (with the United States boasting the most athletes, followed by Germany and Mozambique). The final instalment of the Standard Bank 5150 African Triathlon Series will take place on Sunday, 24 November 2019 in Nelson Mandela Bay.