Gruelling event in a great location
Calling a triathlon a ‘‘sufferfest’’ is telling it like it is. But when the Nagambie Sufferfest Multisport Festival comes to the town this weekend, there won’t be a giant hill like in Warrnambool that gave rise to the name.
Organisers expect more than 200 competitors and say this first event of its kind in Nagambie will put the area firmly on the triathlon calendar.
Professional triathlete Lachie Kerin said: ‘‘After racing a few Sufferfest events in the past, it’s safe to say that these events tick all the boxes that I’m looking for when I choose to race.
‘‘You are always greeted with a wellrun and friendly affair which makes the whole event that much better.
‘‘I’m thoroughly looking forward to heading up to Nagambie for the first time to race and hopefully being able to push the pace and have a good day.’’
Kerin, who was third in last year’s Challenge Shepparton Triathlon, made his ironman debut in 2015 and at 22 is one of the youngest professionals racing.
The Sufferfest will incorporate Victoria’s newest Half Iron distance race (1.9 km swim, 90 km cycle and 21.1 km run).
Events People general manager Scott Hollow said in a little more than two years the Sufferfest Triathlon Series had grown from its first event in Mt Martha in 2015 to include nine races across Australia in 2017.
‘‘Each event has a range of triathlon distances for all abilities and all ages,’’ Mr Hollow said.
‘‘We have conducted extensive research and determined what we think the multisport athlete in the future is looking for including new locations, new experiences for the athlete and their families and reintroducing old race formats but in a more exciting way.
‘‘Nagambie Sufferfest will be a great fun multisport festival for athletes and their families to enjoy not just a great location but one of Australia’s great holiday locations.’’