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Rwanda to host the ultimate test of endurance

“Rwandans are passionate about sports and the country is quickly becoming one of Africa’s leading destinations for global sporting events” – Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda Development Board’s CEO 

If you are keen to push yourself to the max and rise above seemingly insurmountable athletic challenges, it’s time to get your game on and start preparing for Rwanda’s Half Ironman. Hosting one of the most brutal triathlons in the world, Rwanda takes centre stage presenting this event to boost and diversify tourism. 

Set to take place in August 2022, the Half Ironman will see approximately 1500 extremely fit and competitive challengers meet in Gisenyi in the city of Rubavu, in the hope of winning this elite championship. According to Thomas Veje Olsen, Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for The Ironman Group, “Rwanda becomes the fourth country in Africa to host an Ironman 70.3 event.” He believes “there is a huge appetite for endurance sports on the African continent.” 


A fascinating bucket-list destination, Rwanda is a magnificent tapestry of rainforests, volcanoes, terraced hills, wildlife and the world-renowned gorillas that reside on lush, forested mountain slopes. On the shores of Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s greatest lakes, you can rest up after the exhilarating race and unwind on red sandy beaches, dive in the deep emerald waters, stroll around quaint fishing villages or enjoy a spot of birdwatching in this tropical paradise. 


Ready. Set. Go. The Half Ironman begins at Lake Kivu, 1463m above sea level, with an energetic 1.9km swim, an arduous 90km bike ride traversing through the delights of rural Rwanda with Mount Karisimbi in the Volcanoes National Park being your goal. Hop off your bike and tackle the multi-lap 21.1km run that winds its way along the Rubona Peninsula. Be inspired by the sensational beauty surrounding you.  


With just 30 spots up for grabs, only the best of the best will be offered a qualifying place at the 2023 70.3 World Championships in Lahti, Finland.  

Get training today. 

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