Molo Festival of Triathlon

Welcome / Molo

Molo is a local isiXhosa way of greeting or saying Hello.

Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay are about to welcome more than 4000 international Ironman athletes coming to race the Isuzu Ironman 70.3 world championship. This prestigious global event is coming to Africa for the very first time in the same year we celebrate the centenary of the late tataMadiba.

The Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World Championship takes place over two days, on Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of September but that is not all. The Molo Festival of Triathlon hosted by your City has been designed to get all of us involved.

The Molo Festival of Triathlon is a collection of exciting events and initiatives aimed at creating the excitement and buzz in Nelson Mandela Bay in the lead up to the Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World Championship event in the City.

The elements that will make up the 2018 Molo Festival of Triathlon are: 

Championship Swim Race | 11th August Kings Beach

The Championship Swim race is a unique opportunity for local triathletes, visitors and all aspiring swimmers to take on the Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World Championship 1.9km swim course as well as an option at half the distance.

The morning kicks off with the hugely popular Algoa FM Spring Dip - encouraging the general public to come and get into the water with the Algoa FM Jocks.

This will be followed by the Championship Swim Races, a 3km Beach Run, Kids 750 Beach Dash and a Surf Ski race comprising of 3 laps around the 1.9km swim course.

Join us at the Transition 1 Festival Area on the Kings Beach lawns which will have a great variety of Food Trucks, Live Music and a great vibe.

See the Information Page for specifics on these events.

Schools Triathlon development clinics | 28th July, 4th August, 18th August

These events will stimulate triathlon interest, educate the public about the sport, and introduce school kids from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to triathlon and preparing them to be knowledgeable and informed hosts and future participants. The events will take place in Uitenhage (28th July), Motherwell (4th Aug) and Walmer Township (18th Aug).

The children and parents will receive triathlon talks, demonstrations (run, bike, run), host mini races and get to engage with some of the up and coming triathletes that share similar backgrounds.

Also available for the parents, teachers and community members will be training on universal principle around being great hospitable hosts and understanding the value of sport in the economy. Entry is free. For more info contact Big O Sports.

Cell +27 71 674 7694 | Email

Finisher Shirt Friday initiative | Every Friday

This initiative is aimed at getting residents geared for activities, geared for action and ready to embrace the World Championship. We intend to do this by encouraging residents to celebrate their own achievement no matter how small. Finisher shirt Friday encourages them to wear their favourite finisher shirt from any of the Swim Bike Run sport disciplines. Whether it is ladies 5km run or the Comrades marathon, we urge residents to put them on and share via #finishershirtfridaynmb #im703wc18

Ironman 70.3 World Champs Spectator Zones | 1 – 2 September 2018

The Ironman 70.3 event is almost a full day event and will lead to some communities being restricted in terms of movement and activities. The Spectator Zones are meant to ease the pressure and take the event to the people and a whole lot more. Each of the planned spectator zones will be fitted with a mini stage, large digital screen with a live feed from the broadcaster of the event.

The zones will also feature opportunities for informal trading, braai stations, local entertainment and music to keep the crowds entertained.

The zones are to be setup at the following sites:

  • Walmer Township between 9th and 10th avenue
  • Uitenhage – Kwanobuhle Park
  • Helenvale Resource Centre or Gelvandale Sports Grounds
  • Motherwell Peace Park or near Shopping Center
  • Crafter’s Village at Hobie beach

 Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2018

The Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World Championship will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay on 1st and 2nd of September. This iconic event will feature the best in the 70.3 triathlon disciplines from over 40 countries all here with one goal in mind, to be crowned 70.3 world champions. A total of 4000+ athletes are expected to participate including a highly competitive professional field.

See for further information on all the events.





An initiative of
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
Supported by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) Algoa FM Mandela Bay Development Agency