South Africa to host 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

The 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship has been awarded to Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Taking place from 1-2 September 2018, this will be the first time Ironman has held a World Championship event in Africa. The event will attract thousands of athletes from over 100 qualifying events across the world.


Nelson Mandela Bay first hosted an Ironman  event in 2004 and since 2015 has been the site of the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship. 

Andrew Messick, CEO of Ironman, says: “We are delighted to bring the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to Nelson Mandela Bay. Tens of thousands athletes have enjoyed racing in our events in South Africa over the past 12 years and we are excited to welcome some of the world’s most elite triathletes to the African continent.”

Athol Trollip, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, says: “Nelson Mandela Bay is delighted to have been chosen to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. We are proud of our excellent track record in hosting the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship.

“It’s on the strength of this, our climate, our beautiful beaches and our tourism potential that we are now in a position to host this prestigious international event. We look forward to welcoming the world’s athletes to the Bay.”


The 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is taking place from 9-10 September 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

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