Ath­letes pre­par­ing for Air­lie Beach Triathlon

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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.

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