Triathlon to test fit­ness lev­els

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Healthy Happy Living -

Peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties will have an op­por­tu­nity to test their lev­els of fit­ness at Tri Hor­sham’s 2017 Hor­sham Triathlon on Fe­bru­ary 11.

Or­gan­is­ers have again sched­uled a Sun­day twi­light com­pe­ti­tion for the an­nual event with ju­nior com­peti­tors start­ing at 4pm and se­niors from 5pm.

The course will be the same as last year, with a swim leg in the Wim­mera River and run and bi­cy­cle legs along the river banks.

The event starts at Hor­sham Sound­shell at Sawyer Park at the south­ern end of Fire­brace Street.

Ballarat’s Jack Kelly, orig­i­nally from Stawell, won back-to-back over­all ti­tles last year in a time of 58.52 min­utes from Evan Ipsen.

Hor­sham’s Susie El­lis won the women’s over­all ti­tle in 1:09:05 as more than 100 com­peti­tors took part in var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

Tri Hor­sham, a group of Hor­sham­based triath­letes who en­joy train­ing to­gether and trav­el­ling to var­i­ous triathlons across the coun­try, is work­ing hard to fol­low on strongly from the suc­cess of last year’s event.

The group has urged in­di­vid­u­als, groups or teams to get in­volved in the fit­ness chal­lenge.

It has or­gan­ised the course to pro­vide am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for spec­ta­tors to ob­serve all stages of the event.

Some ar­range­ments are dif­fer­ent to other years, with a duathlon dis­con­tin­ued this year due to in­suf­fi­cient en­tries in re­cent events, but or­gan­is­ers have cre­ated more cat­e­gories to a long­course teams event.

The Hor­sham Triathlon is part of the Tel­stra Store-howdy Ru­ral Race Tri Se­ries in­volv­ing seven ru­ral triathlons, in­clud­ing events at Yar­ra­wonga, Be­nalla, Echuca, Nagam­bie, Swan Hill and Shep­par­ton.

This se­ries pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for ath­letes to com­pete in var­ied and well­run events, hon­ing their skills dur­ing sum­mer and at the same time ac­cu­mu­lat­ing points to­wards an over­all se­ries.

The Hor­sham event’s long course starts at 5pm and in­cludes a 500-me­tre swim, 20-kilo­me­tre ride and fivek­ilo­me­tre run.

A tri short course starts at 5.30pm and fea­tures a 200-me­tre swim, sev­enkilo­me­tre ride and 2.5-kilo­me­tre run. Spokesman Mark Pumpa said en­trants did not need to be su­per ath­letes.

“We come in all sizes, ages and abil­i­ties, so don’t feel daunted be­cause you were born with two left feet,” he said.

“With a small amount of train­ing, any­one can com­plete a tri, and en­joy the great sense of achieve­ment that it brings, not to men­tion the phys­i­cal ben­e­fits that fol­low.

“Think you can’t swim, or are a lousy run­ner? Then get some friends to­gether and form a team.

“Com­pet­ing with friends is a re­ally great way to ex­pe­ri­ence a tri, and also build closer bonds with the peo­ple you share the ex­pe­ri­ence with.

“Triathlons are easy to get in­volved in and are open to all ages, with most events ca­ter­ing for ju­niors and var­i­ous age group cat­e­gories.”

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion can call Mark Pumpa on 0477 678 679 or Sharon How­den on 0419 348 585.

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