Nelson Mandela Bay sport events: Physical challenges to enter

  • 16 April 2014

Kids enjoying a beach run in Port Elizabeth. Photo courtesy Zports

A 2014 Iron Man contestant

Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) is a very active region and a great destination for anyone seeking a physical challenge, with an assortment of events throughout the year in which to take part.

The annual Iron Man triathalon is the most popular of these challenges, and the 2015 event takes place on March 29.

Register on the official Iron Man website now.

Nelson Mandela Bay hosts many other challenges throughout the year, and below is a selection to consider.

Muck Run

The Muck Run is a non-timed, five-kilometre challenge that involves lots of mud and lots of obstacles. People of very basic fitness can take on the challenge and come away with some dirty photos to be proud of!

There is also a two-kilometre event for kids under 12.

Dates: May 10-11

Venue: Bushpig Adventures

For more information:

Investec Night Relay 

Running teams of five and walking teams of three take part in this series, which covers a five-kilometre route around the magnificent Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The series takes place during full moon from May to August.

Dates: May 15, June 12, July 10, August 14

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

For more information:

Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race 

Relay teams will race against a metro train between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race.

Passengers on the train will need to complete challenges at various points on the journey, and the speed at which they complete such challenges will be a factor in whether man or machine triumphs on the day.

Date: July 27

Venue: To be confirmed

For more information: Zports

Urban Run 

The Urban Run is a 10-kilometre, non-timed obstacle course through the streets of Port Elizabeth, in which most participants focus on how much fun they can have on the course, rather than how quickly they can complete it.

The 2013 event attracted 1 600 participants, and raised more than R230 000 for charity.

Dates: September 20-21, 2014

Venue: Donkin Reserve

For more information:

Ocean Racing Series 

The Ocean Racing Series involves swimming in the Indian Ocean (choose between the 1km and 2km events), or running/walking 5km on the beach.

There is also a 1km beach run for kids younger than 12.

Dates: Every second Sunday during summer. *2014 dates to be confirmed

Venue: Hobie Beach

For more information:

Spar River Mile 

The Spar River Mile is one of the world’s oldest open-water swimming events, dating back to 1924. It always takes place on the weekend after the Midmar Mile in KwaZulu-Natal, and the weekend before the Bell Buoy Challenge (see below).

Mally Richards, of Uitenhage, is 83 years old and has swum this event 61 times, so surely you should try it at least once?

Dates: February 14, 2015

Venue: Cannonville Slipway, Addo

For more information:

Bell Buoy Challenge 

The Bell Buoy Challenge is an ocean swim for tough contenders.

Participants must swim two-and-a-half kilometres out to sea, around a bell buoy and back to shore.

Date: February 21, 2015

Venue: Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth

For more information:

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