Ath­letes re­turn for an­niver­sary race

Multisport Mecca - - Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival -

AGE group triathlon rac­ing of old re­turned on Sun­day for the 25th an­niver­sary of the Mooloolaba Triathlon.

Strong en­tires saw more than 3000 par­tic­i­pants tackle the course lauded by ath­letes.

Warm wa­ter tem­per­a­ture and out­stand­ing vis­i­bil­ity saw fast swim times, while tem­pered winds en­sured quick bike splits.

Con­di­tions were warm on the run, yet there were many per­sonal bests posted on the day.

Among the lead­ing Sun­shine Coast age group per­form­ers were Jake Hynes who got third in the men 15–19 di­vi­sion with a time of 2:04:35 (18:44, 1:00:37, 42:05), Zsolt Dal­los who also man­aged third in the men 35–39 2:06:51 (22:35, 1:00:30, 40:50), Dmitri Si­mons who was sec­ond on the 45–49 podium with 2:07:14 (22:51, 58:18, 42:31), while Melissa Charl­ton achieved sec­ond in women 35–39 2:18:37 (28:15, 1:03:35, 43:44) and Mau­reen Cum­mings was third in 55–59 women 2:35:36 55 (23:45, 1:12:26, 55:53).

Look­ing ahead to fu­ture Mooloolaba events, Iron­man’s David Beeche said pric­ing would be at the fore­front of post-race dis­cus­sions – with the ini­tial of­fer of $140 en­try prov­ing pop­u­lar.

“We did it as a one-off spe­cial be­cause we wanted the 25th to be a re­ally spe­cial year and we wanted to at­tract as many as pos­si­ble. We’ll be look­ing at the feed­back on that and as­sess­ing whether we do that again... yet to be de­ter­mined but it trig­gered a cer­tain amount of in­ter­est which was great,” he said.


Com­peti­tors are off and rac­ing on Sun­day morn­ing.

Ja­clyn Munge heads for the bike course.

Lee Cal­lum com­pletes the swim.

Pey­ton Craig on his way to a 17:58 run at the twi­light 5km.

Meg Roberts heads for third place in 16–19 women at the 5km with 20:21.

Abi­gail Jones.

Paulo Men­des sets up in tran­si­tion.

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