Race in for an­nual Tri-Fecta

Triathlon com­peti­tors set for Olympic dis­tance event

Central Queensland News - - SPORT - Louise Shan­non

THE first Cen­tral High­lands Triathlon Club event that in­cludes an Olympic dis­tance and is part of the Nis­san State Se­ries — to­mor­row’s Emer­ald Tri-Fecta — is set to at­tract about 100 com­peti­tors from across Queens­land.

Rod McPheat, Cen­tral High­lands Triathlon Club mem­ber — re­ferred to by club mem­bers as Rock­etMcFastAs — said the Emer­ald Tri-Fecta would start at Fair­bairn Dam at 7.30am, and would be a unique event due to its “point-to-point tran­si­tions”.

He said spec­ta­tors would be able to fol­low ath­letes from their swim leg onto the bike leg or choose the Botanic gar­dens to cheer on the run dis­ci­pline.

Mr McPheat said the triathlon, which was part of the Nis­san State Se­ries of triathlons, also in­cluded an event for chil­dren that was be­ing held from 4.30pm to­day start­ing at the Emer­ald Aquatic Cen­tre.

“The main triathlon is quite a unique event as it has an Olympic dis­tance, so we’re hop­ing to en­tice a lot of peo­ple to come out and train that longer dis­tance be­fore the Noosa Triathlon.”

The swim leg will be held at Fair­bairn Dam with a sprint dis­tance of 750m and Olympic leg of 1500m. The bike com­po­nent in­cludes a sprint leg of 20km or an Olympic dis­tance of 40km, and then the run which be­gins in town, in­cludes a sprint dis­tance of one 5km loop of the Botan­i­cal Gar­den cir­cuit or an Olympic dis­tance 10km run of two loops.

Pre­sen­ta­tions will be held at the Emer­ald 100 Race Day about noon.

Mr McPheat said triathlons were his favourite sport as he loved the chal­lenge of putting the three dis­ci­plines to­gether be­fore reach­ing the fin­ish.

He said it was a sport his whole fam­ily could en­joy, in­clud­ing his wife and chil­dren aged seven and nine, who also took part in events.

Mem­bers of the triathlon club come from Lon­greach, Spring­sure, Mo­ran­bah, Dysart, Capella, Black­wa­ter and other nearby towns.

Mr McPheat said club mem­bers en­joyed so­cial time to­gether, in­clud­ing bar­be­cues and camp­ing trips away, of­ten re­volv­ing around other lo­cal events.

“Tak­ing part in triathlons has changed my way of liv­ing in that it’s a healthy at­mos­phere, we train to­gether, and it’s very en­cour­ag­ing.”

He said he be­lieved the triathlon club was also good for the re­gion as it at­tracted tourists and other ath­letes to the area.

“I think it does won­ders for the re­gion. We’ve got some great other friendly clubs who are will­ing to help out with our events and we love to re­pay their sup­port by at­tend­ing their events. It’s good to see friendly faces at each other’s triathlons and gauge whether you’ve im­proved against fel­low com­peti­tors.”

For more de­tails, visit cen­tral­high­land­s­triathlon club.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ALL SET: The 2017 Emer­ald Tri-Fecta is set to take place to­mor­row.

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