Athletes return for anniversary race
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.
Paulo Mendes sets up in transition.