May 26, 2022

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Ironman 70.3 Triathlon launched in Rwanda as country prepares to host race in Rubavu

The Ironman 70.3 triathlon, which started on Thursday, has been added to Rwanda’s list of global sporting events to be held in 2022.

The Ironman 70.3 triathlon, or half triathlon, is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races belonging to among the toughest one-day sporting events in the world.

The Ironman 70.3 triathlon will be held in Rubavu, Rwanda this August 2022.

The launch followed a meeting between President Paul Kagame and Serge Pereira, CEO of insurance company Starstone, and Cindy Descalzi on Wednesday, who according to the presidency were in the country to start the Ironman triathlon.

Rwanda is third after South Africa, Egypt and Morocco Destination in Africa hosting the race and the first in Central and East Africa. The triathlon is expected to attract between 1,500 and 2,000 athletes from around the world.

“This is more than just a triathlon. It’s a chance for Rwanda’s visibility. This adds to our efforts to expand revenue and recover from the pandemic,” said Nelly Mukazayire, CEO of the Rwanda Convention Bureau. She spoke during the launch on the shores of Lake Kivu in Rubavu.

Boost tourism

Rwanda wants $800 million from tourism by 2024 In 2018, two years before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the tourism sector contributed 14.9 percent to Rwanda’s GDP and generated the highest revenue in 2019; $498 million. Revenue later dropped to $121 million in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The race is sponsored by the Rwanda Development Board through the Visit Rwanda Campaign.

The event comes as Rwanda positions itself to become Africa’s sports tourism hub.

In July 2021, Rubavu also hosted the FIVB Men’s and Women’s Beach Volleyball World Tour, after Rwanda hosted the Basketball Africa League in May.

< p>The country has also won the bid to host the 2025 Road World Championships, which will be held for the first time on the African continent.

One ​​of the main partners of the race , Serge Pereira, Founder and CEO of Starstone Insurance said Rwanda was chosen to host the triathlon because of its commitment to hosting global sporting events and political will.

“There is no doubt The race will very soon to become a global event. We will need the infrastructure to grow with it. This is a challenge for the Rwandan government,” he added.

The triathlon starts on August 14 and lasts 10 days.

Extremely competitive

The Ironman events organized by the World Triathlon Corporation have a limited time of 16 or 17 hours to complete the race, depending on the distance.

The “70.3” in half triathlon refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and 13.1 miles (21.1 km) run .

Each distance of the swim, bike and run segments in a half triathlon is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon.

The Ironman 70.3 series culminates in one each year World Championship competition for which competitors qualify during the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship race.

Any competitor completing the triathlon within this Completed time limits is referred to as an Ironman.