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Ilala Lodge Invitation Triathlon and Aquathlon

By Ilala Lodge on February 16, 2017

The Ilala Lodge Invitation Triathlon and Aquathlon will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017 at Smallbridge Dam in Penhalonga. Located about 40km out of Mutare, and upstream from Lake Alexander on the Odzani River, Smallbridge Dam is a popular fishing and boating spot, boasting scenic surroundings and conveniently crocodile-free waters.

Following athlete check-in at 14h00 , and the late entries cut off at 15h00 on Friday 17th February, the action kicks off with the Standard Triathlon start at 07h30 on Saturday 19th February. The Half Sprint and the Quarter Spring then start at 09h00 and 09h30 respectively.

Ilala Lodge Triathlon
The distances for each section are as follows:

Run Course: 4 laps (2.5km each)
Bike Course: 4 laps (10km each)
Swim course: 4 laps (375m each)

Half Sprint
Run Course: 4 laps (1.25km each)
Bike Course: 2 laps (10km each)
Swim Course: 2 laps (375m each)

Quarter Sprint
Run Course: 2 laps (1.25km each)
Bike Course: 1 lap (10km each)
Swim Course: 1 lap (375m each)

Ilala Lodge Triathlon and Aquathlon
Following each of the competitions, there will an AG Prize Giving and Lucky Draw and the announcement of the SA Champs team at 13h00. Incredible prizes donated by Ilala Lodge and La Rochelle Country House & Spa include 2 night’s accommodation at Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Ilala Lodge and La Rochelle. Athletes and supporters and invited to stay on and enjoy the rest of the afternoon as they will be a braai and social after the formalities are over and done with.

On Sunday 19th February, for those not so serious about competing to be the best, there will be a fun aquathon. The race begins at 09h00 and includes a 1.25km run, a 250m swim and a 1.25km bike ride.

If you haven’t already pre-registered for the Ilala Lodge Invitation Triathlon and Aquathlon, do so via, or simply email The triathlon costs just $10 per individual or $15 per team, and the aquathlon costs only $5 per person and $10 per team.

Zimbabwe Triathlon
The most common accommodation option for the weekend is camping at Smallbridge Dam, which will cost just $10 per person per night. The onsite ablutions have flushing toilet and showers with hot-water, and the dam’s club house features a deep freeze, urn, and a spacious lounge. Make sure to bring all of your own camping equipment, including tents, bedding, food, drinks, skottels, and extra drinking water. Other fees to take into consideration include a $5 day visitors fee per person per day at Smallbridge Dam.

To find out more about the Ilala Lodge Invitation Triathlon and Aquathlon, visit the website, or email or

Image Credits:
Ian Robertson

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