The second Torpedo SwimRun yesterday saw a field of over 100 two-person teams negotiate multiple run and swim segments from Sandy Bay to Clifton 4th beach in Cape Town. The natural beauty of the course, located on the Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard, is resulting in the race fast becoming an iconic event for both serious athletes and fit adventure-seekers.
The top spot was taken by Jean-Paul Burger and Michael Lord, winners of the January 2017 inaugural event, in a time of 2 hours 19 seconds for the 16km route. First women over the finish line were Linda Detering and Bianca Tarbuton, in a time of 2 hours 26 minutes. The first mixed team on the beach, brother and sister Nicholas and Alexandra Quenet, came in at third place overall.
Based on the popular overseas format, SwimRun attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community, from surfers to trail runners, triathletes to paddlers. The Torpedo SwimRun traverses Cape Town’s most iconic beaches and bays, with Sandy Bay, Llandudno, Oudekraal, Camps Bay and Clifton forming part of the 16km route.
There were 6 swim segments (totalling 3km) and 6 run segments (totalling 13km) and athletes were able to experience parts of the coastline not usually accessible to the public. Wetsuits and running shoes are kept on for the duration of the event as there are no transition zones; you simply get out of the water and run – until the next swim leg.
Also in the line-up were extreme open water ice swimmer Ryan Stramrood, HeartFM presenter Jeremy Harris who partnered with seven times world champion XTerra triathlete Conrad Stoltz, and former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux.
Race organiser, Richard McMartin, was thrilled at the success of the event, “We had perfect conditions and the athletes had a fantastic experience. Again, the incredible crew and support teams ensured the smooth running of the event, building on its reputation as a safe, well-organised adventure SwimRun race, set in the most beautiful scenery in one of the best cities in the world.”
“We’re confident that Torpedo SwimRun is making its mark on the Cape Town calendar, and with the growth and huge interest generated from this second event, we look forward to building Torpedo SwimRun to draw both local and international visitors to Cape Town.”
Ryan Stramrood said of the event: “With no transition zones and with the feeds provided along the way, my team mate Mark de Klerk and I loved the simplicity. Arrive with shoes, wetsuit, goggles, and cap and get through 16kms of soft sand running, rock hopping, hectic uphill, nice downhill, road running, short swims, rock jumping, long swims, large surf, rip currents, rocky exits, kelp wading – a fantastic experience.”
Sponsors included Subaru, Go Pro, Gemini Marine (watercraft), Red Bull, Bootlegger, Power Bar, Suunto, Sport24hrs (taxis and shuttles), Squirt, Mobii Timing, KL PR & Events and ION.
Safety Partners were NSRI, Big Bay Events, Clifton Surf Lifesaving, Llandudno Surf Lifesaving and Medics in Motion.
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