Gru­elling event in a great lo­ca­tion

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - In­cluded in the long­est event at Nagam­bie will be a swim of al­most 2 km.

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.’’

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