The Ironman African Championship in Port Elizabeth received a top 10 ranking in six categories in the 2017 Athlete’s Choice Awards.
Out of 39 Ironman events globally, Ironman Africa was voted second in ‘overall swim’, third in ‘overall bike’, sixth in ‘overall run’, ninth in ‘best race venue’, eighth in ‘will attend next year’ and fifth in ‘will recommend to a friend’.
Ironman Maryland, in America, was voted the best overall event worldwide.
With 102 Ironman 70.3 events in the world, the Ironman 70.3 South Africa in East London only managed to crack one top 10 – sixth in the ‘will recommend to a friend’ category.
Event surveys were sent out to all competing athletes after each Ironman and Ironman 70.3 event last year. A total 55 000 respondents were conducted in the survey.