Big turnout ex­pected as race ac­tion starts

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

The 2017/2018 Ger­ald­ton Triathlon Club sea­son kicks off on Sun­day from at St Ge­orge’s Beach, with some of Ger­ald­ton’s finest athletes push­ing their fit­ness lev­els to the limit.

Run­ning from mid-Oc­to­ber through to April, the club has sev­eral events which cater for all ages and abil­i­ties.

Club vice-pres­i­dent Ben Freer said many mem­bers had par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral fit­ness-based events over the off-sea­son and were ex­cited about the new sea­son.

“A lot of guys have been do­ing the cycle races, the run­ning with the Har­ri­ers Run­ning Club and swim­ming too, so a lot of peo­ple have been get­ting ready for it,” he said.

“We’ve had loads of in­ter­est from new mem­bers this year, so we are ex­pect­ing a fairly large turnout on Sun­day.” Freer said he en­cour­aged peo­ple to come along to learn more about triathlon events, with the in­clu­sive na­ture of the sport ap­peal­ing to peo­ple across all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity.

“It’s not as com­pet­i­tive as peo­ple think,” he said.

“It’s very re­laxed — you get down there and there are al­ways loads of as­sis­tance, mar­shals around and mu­sic play­ing.

“There are peo­ple who race who want to go hard, but there are also peo­ple who want to swim around the course talk­ing to each other and want to ride their bikes next to each other and talk.

“Not ev­ery­one is do­ing it for the same rea­son. For a lot of peo­ple it is just a con­fi­dence booster — first time swim­ming in the ocean, first time rid­ing a bike on the road or just a way to meet friends.

“Peo­ple don’t need to be ner­vous about com­ing. Just come along and give it a go. You’ll be sur­prised about how much help is avail­able for ev­ery­one.”

Rac­ing ac­tion be­gins at 8.30am on Sun­day, with nom­i­na­tions open from 7.45am.

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Nathan Jo­hansen dur­ing the 2016/2017 Ger­ald­ton Tri Club sea­son. The new cam­paign kicks off this Sun­day.

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