Athletes preparing for Airlie Beach Triathlon
IT’S all systems go for local triathletes ahead of the 2013 Sportspower Airlie Beach Triathlon on Sunday, September 1.
General fitness will be less of an issue in 2013 with many locals coming off the back of participation in the inaugural Airlie Beach Running Festival, but it’s a whole different ball game when it comes to running after two other disciplines.
To help overcome this the Whitsunday Tri Club hosted it’s very first Splash n Dash to kick start preparations for the event at Cannonvale State School Pool last Friday.
All indications are that there will be a bumper field vying for local bragging rights.
The Splash n Dash concept helps athletes of all levels prepare for the unique sensations that come with changing disciplines in triathlons and the next staging will be on Friday, August 23.
Entry is free and two sections are to be held, the first at 3.30pm for junior athletes followed by those interested in the sprint and enticer races at 4.30pm.
The main focus will be on skill development, sighting while swimming, swimming in a crowd, changing quickly into shoes and running straight after a different form of exercise.
There will be a number of short races to familiarize participants with the sensations they can expect on the big day.
Once again the triathlon event will see the Ergon Energy junior triathlon on Saturday, August 31 and the traditional sprint distance event on Sunday September 1, in conjunction with the enticer race.
The enticer was introduced in 2012 with considerable success, targeting beginners and high school aged athletes.
As always, teams are possible in all three of the races and much of the local interest is expected to centre on the fierce rivalries built up over the years between various businesses and school groups.
Meanwhile, entries for the 2013 staging of the Sportspower Airlie Beach Triathlon are already quite healthy, with a strong contingent of athletes from Hamilton Island, Mackay and Townsville already committing.
Online entries are open at www.whitsundaytriclub.com and with the 2-loop bike course and a new race finish planned, it’s expected that this year’s race will be the best ever for spectators and sponsors.
YOUNG GUN: Hamilton Island athlete Ryder Harvey was the 11 to 14-year-old overall winner at last year’s junior Airlie Beach Triathlon.
PAST CHAMPIONS: Triathletes Courtney Gilfillan and Sam Betten were the champions of the 2012 Airlie Beach Triathlon.
PEDAL POWER: Georgia Butler competed in the 2012 junior triathheld lon at the lagoon.