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Discovery to host Get Active weekend in Cape Town

Press Release   •   Nov 22, 2016 08:32 GMT

Discovery to host Get Active weekend in Cape Town

Entries are now open for the third Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the inaugural Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town.

On the 11th and 12th of February, Cape Town will play host to the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the inaugural Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town.

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a newcomer to multisport, there is something indescribably enticing about combining two or more disciplines into one, exciting event. The Discovery Get Active weekend brings professional athletes and sport enthusiasts alike to experience a weekend of swimming, cycling, and running through the scenic Mother City.

“The Discovery Get Active weekend is great way for people to experience the magic of multisport - whether this is their first race or their tenth race,” says Iona Maclean, Head of Experiential Marketing for Discovery. “By once again including a duathlon format into the weekend, we have opened the field to ensure that there is an event for everyone - with varying athletic abilities. If you can jog a 5km and complete a spinning class, you can certainly participate in the Discovery Get Active festivities.”

The 2017 World Cup circuit, sanctioned by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), will touch down in 17 cities, on five different continents. This Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town promises to be the perfect multisport event for both high performance athletes, age groupers and novices.

“The Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town will be the first event on the Triathlon World Cup global calendar, kicking off the series as well as the 2017 multisport calendar in Cape Town. The earlier date ensures not only a warmer swim than in years past, but also great weather for supporters watching friends and family competing on the same course as the world’s top triathletes,” says Gary Marescia, Race Director.

Making its debut in 2016, The Discovery Duathlon Cape Town returns to offer those interested in a multisport event, but perhaps wary of swimming, the opportunity to experience the run, cycle, run format.

“The City of Cape Town is proud to be a host and supporter of this international event. It is even more significant as the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town will be the race to kick off the global triathlon circuit,” says Councillor Eddie Andrews, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development. “The Discovery Get Active weekend not only provides a platform for both high-performance athletes, age groupers and novices, but also shines a spotlight on Cape Town’s ability to successfully host events of this nature. We encourage professionals and novices to enter and experience all that the event, and Cape Town, has to offer.”

David Green, CEO V&A Waterfront says that is a pleasure to host this international event for the fourth year. “This is not only a world class event that sees the top athletes in their discipline compete on our shores, but also puts our city and the V&A Waterfront on the world stage.’’

Note to editors:

Entries for the Discovery Get Active weekend are open.

Athletes can enter: http://capetown.discoveryduathlon.com/

Events:

DISCOVERY TRIATHLON WORLD CUP CAPE TOWN

Age Group

Sprint individual / team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run

Standard individual / team 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run

Schools Challenge

Sprint individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run

Sprint Team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run

DISCOVERY DUATHLON CAPE TOWN

Age Group

Super Sprint individual / team 2.5km run, 10km cycle, 2.5km run

Sprint individual / team 5km run, 20km cycle, 2.5km run

Standard individual / team 10km run, 40km cycle, 5km run

Schools Challenge

Super Sprint individual / team 2.5km run, 10km cycle, 2.5km run

Sprint individual / team 5km run, 20km

Discovery information

About Discovery Limited

Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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