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The BIGGER and BETTER BSG Energade Triathlon Series is here


The BSG Energade Triathlon Series has been the honing ground of many of South Africa’s top triathletes and remains popular for many local elites who opt to return home from their overseas bases to compete in a quality local sprint series. And the organisers believe that participants’ overall experience will be even better this year, as they have made a few changes, like creating a separate race for elites, multiple start waves in the swim, and moving a few of the venues for better water quality and safer conditions on the roads.

This year’s events will take place from October to December, with the first three events in and around Gauteng and the Northwest, then one each in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, culminating in the final in Vanderbijlpark on 4 December. The events will take place at the following venues:

Sunday 2 October: Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria.
Sunday 9 October: The Islands Estate, Hartbeespoort.
Sunday 16 October: Potch Dam, Potchefstroom.
Sunday 30 October: Midmar, KwaZulu-Natal.
Sunday 13 November: Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth.
Sunday 20 November: Brandvlei Dam, near Worcester.
Sunday 4 November: Emerald Casino, Vanderbijlpark (FINAL).

The BSG Energade Kids Triathlon Series has also been improved to make sure all the different age groups (5-8 years old, 9-11 years old and 12-15 years old) have a competitive and safe race. The dedicated kids’ area will also make things easier for parents, as they can participate in their own races without having to worry about the safety of their children before heading to the kids’ events. All entrants in the Kids series will receive a T-shirt and a swimming cap as well as other goodies.

In the main series, a total R200 000 prize purse is up for grabs, with the top eight male and female open category finishers as well as the top three male and female age category finishers receiving prize money. To be eligible for overall series prizes or prize money, athletes have to complete at least four of the seven races and start the final. The points of their four best races will be taken into account to determine their seeding at the end of the series.

Timing chips are compulsory for everyone from the 12-15 years old category up to the main and elite categories, and all adult participants will receive a goody bag with swimming cap, water bottle and more.

You an enter online at Online entry fees are R150 for an individual and R330 per team for adults, and R80 for an individual and R120 per team for kids. Your entry fee includes your goody bag and TSA licence fees, and if you enter more than one race you pay less.