First Triathlon To Be Staged On Robben Island

Robben Island Museum has granted triathletes the privilege of racing two trail triathlons in one day on Robben Island in the first ever Tri-Robben Island race on the 9th of September.

Tri-Robben Island offers athletes a truly historical and prestigious experience as they spend a day on the island where Madiba spent much of his time in prison.  Tri-Robben Island offers a truly diverse experience with the swim being in the harbour, and the cycle and run legs taking the athletes to the various landmarks on the island including the Limestone pits, Lighthouse and famous WW2 cannon.

The race will consist of a morning sprint distance of a 400m swim, 14km cycle and 4km run with the afternoon race consisting of an 800m swim, 28km cycle and 8km run. Race Entries are open for only 27 days up until the event – each day for each year Madiba was in prison and proceeds will be going towards the development and rehabilitation of the island.


  • Morning Race – 16 Years & Above: R575 (Swim: 400m Cycle: 13.5km Run: 4km)
  • Afternoon Race Solo 18 Years & Above: R775 (Swim: 800m Cycle: 27km Run: 6km)
  • Afternoon Race Relay 18 Years & Above: R2,325 (Swim: 800m Cycle: 27km Run: 6km)


The idea behind Tri-Robben Island began in a conversation with a triathlete, and friend of mine, from Germany who came to Cape Town to a visit.” says Grant Kunneke, creator of Tri-Robben Island. “Before a tour to Robben Island he asked me to give him some more background on the history of the island and was stumped when I, like many other South Africans, knew so little. This struck me as Robben Island is essentially the beginning of democracy in South Africa. From this point I made it my objective to change this and what better way than with raising awareness through the first triathlon on the island.

The monumentous event will be filled with historic and iconic South African music for both participants and spectators to enjoy. For more information or to enter visit the website at or call 082 564 5345.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Responses to “First Triathlon To Be Staged On Robben Island” Subscribe

  1. stassen September 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I entered this event with great excitement. Unfortunately it was postponed due to bad weather. I have since tried to retrieve my refund as the organiser’s mail suggests with no success. I have contacted all mediums provided, and up to now only received poor excuses. I have spoken to fellow athletes that entered, all of them have a similar experiece. I believe this is a fraudulant event taking advantage of eager athletes.

    • Mr. Cape Town September 24, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Hey.. I will take this up with the PR agency.. I will email you with how to go about this!

  2. andrew October 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    This is the best idea , what a great place to do a triathlon.


  1. Spring event line-up for Cape Town and surrounds 2012 | if i could... - August 22, 2012

    […] Tri-Robben Island (9 Spetember) […]

  2. Spring event line-up for Cape Town and surrounds 2012 | if i could... - if i could… - May 31, 2013

    […] Tri-Robben Island (22 September) […]

Leave a Reply

Tiger’s Milk New Specials

Tweet Since inception, I have been a massive fan of Tiger’s Milk and what they have to offer. A good […]

Cape Town Stadium To Be Renamed

Tweet Cape Town Stadium welcomes name change to become DHL Stadium, following multi-year naming rights partnership with DHL. DHL Express […]

Cape Town City Unleash 2021/22 Home & Away Kit

Tweet Personal loans specialists, DirectAxis, a business unit of the FirstRand Group, has for over 25 years provided South Africans […]

PUMA Unveils 2021/22 Sundowns Kit

Tweet Global sports company PUMA has today unveiled the new Mamelodi Sundowns Home & Away players kits in the club’s […]

Castle Lager Launch Castle Double Malt

Tweet Castle Lager, Mzansi’s most beloved beer is proud to bring you South Africa’s first ever double malt lager with […]

adidas Ultraboost DNA x LEGO Collection

Tweet Introducing the Ultraboost DNA x LEGO® collection. I got an email this morning from adidas, with the launch of […]