Please ensure that you take note of the following important changes to the media operations. These regulations differ from previous years and will be implemented strictly.
Along the course
Media can cover the event along the course via motorbike or from amongst the crowd. If you are not wearing your media identification, you will be removed from the course by referees (This applies to motorbikes as well).
Official Media Representation
All media will be required to provide valid press identification (proof of employment) when they register at the Media Office.
Following of specific athletes
No members of the media will be allowed to physically follow one athlete specifically. Members of the media have to cover the race as per normal. Accreditation to cover a specific athlete will only be issued should IRONMAN South Africa benefit from the coverage. Members of the media cannot request motorbike or car drivers to follow or find a specific athlete.
Members of the media who are family of, partners or team mates of athletes will not be issued with media accreditation without valid press identification – please see point above: Official Media Representation.
Statement of work intentions
All members of the media must state the intentions of their work clearly on the online application form. This includes linking their intended work with the media organisation where they are employed. For example: If you work for organization X, work done at the event must be used for organization X’s purposes. Members of the media thus cannot use their press identification in order to carry out personal work/ projects.
You must please indicate on the media registration form whether you would like access to a bike on race day. When going through the registration forms, we will set up a schedule and let you know which timeslot you have been allocated. Please stick to this time allocation, because if you are not at the respective pick-up point, we will unfortunately have to give your slot away to someone on a reserve list. Please note, although we try our best to adhere to the allocated time schedule, the nature of the event is such that there may be slight deviations from the time schedule and we have no control of the bikes once they have left for the course. We kindly ask for your patience in this regard.
Bikes will only be allowed to take media along the bike course. No media (with the exception of official IRONMAN 70.3 media personnel and television crew) will be allowed to take a bike out along the run course. This is purely for the safety of the athletes as the run course is too narrow to allow extra vehicles.
In front of Windsor Cabanas - parking area. (Bike Course only)
Media will be allowed to take photographs at the Swim Start until 10 minutes before the event. Thereafter all media will have to move to a designated area from where they can take photographs. See map.
Along the course
Media can cover the event along the course via motorbike or from amongst the crowd. If you are not wearing your media identification, you will be removed from the course by referees (This applies to motorbikes and cars as well). Motorbikes however will only be allowed access to the bike leg of the race.
Main media access area, secondary media access area.
- Media Lanyards – Blue media lanyards
- Media Tags – Blue media tags
- Media Bibs – Orange media bibs
- Finish line access tags – Dark Green tags
- Transition Area access tags – Red Tags
All accredited media will receive media lanyards, tags and bibs. You must wear these at all times during race day to ensure that you get access to the media accredited areas. Finish line and access tags will be given to specific media only (this includes national media, media partners, invited media and official IRONMAN South Africa media) and will allow them access to the finish line.
Transition tags will only be issued to official IRONMAN 70.3 media personnel. Any media personnel not wearing the provided identification markers will be removed from the course by a security personnel, IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa staff or referees. Please see Prohibited Areas.
Main Media Access Area at the finish line
‘Podium’ blocks will be set up at the finish area. These blocks mark the end of the allocated area in which the media will have to remain.
Secondary Media Access Area at the finish line
The secondary area is situated to the left of the main finish area and will be cordoned-off. This area will also serve as the interview area from where members of the media will be allowed to interview the winners.
It is of paramount importance that media remain in the allocated area at all times. Should any member of the media fail to adhere to this, he/she will be removed from the finish area completely. Visible security personnel and members of the IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa staff will be on hand to ensure that members of the media remain in their allocated areas.
Finish line photos will be uploaded onto a server immediately after the winners (top 3 male / female) finish and will be made available to members of the media upon request at the Media Centre.
The media gazebo is situated to the left of the finish line area (next to the VIP tent). All members of the media at the finish line will be allowed to conduct interviews with the top athletes inside the media gazebo. (There is no post-race press conference).
- World Endurance Africa Holdings reserves the right to use any photographic material obtained during the event. Photo credits will be supplied with any use of photos by IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa.
- No photographic company and/or photographer are allowed to sell or distribute photos to athletes. FinisherPix, the official athlete photograph service of World Triathlon Corporation, reserves the sole right to sell images to athletes.
- Media requesting bike access will be asked what type of camera equipment they will be using. (Due to limited resources, this is to ensure that the correct media are granted access to bikes and prevents people from using inferior cameras/mobile phones while on the bike.)
In front of finish line (red carpet)
With the exception of FinisherPix (official IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa athlete photographer service), NO media will be allowed in front of the finish line arch.
With the exception of official IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa media, NO media will be allowed in the Transition Area. These media will be issued with Transition tags. (Members of the media are free to take photos during bike check-in on the Saturday before race day).
NO media will be allowed in the VIP Tent, unless they are in possession of a VIP access card and tag.
*Should anyone transgress these stipulations, he/she will be removed by security and will be prohibited from covering any future World Endurance South Africa races.
These measures are in place to ensure the smooth running of the event. We thank you for your cooperation and patience in this regard and look forward to working with you at a great event.