Air­lie tri on this week­end

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TRIATHLON

TRIATH­LETES from right across the coun­try will con­verge on Air­lie Beach this week­end for the 2013 Sport­spower Air­lie Beach Triathlon.

The Er­gon En­ergy Ju­nior Triathlon kicks off the week­end’s races on Satur­day at 2.30pm, and the tra­di­tional sprint dis­tance event will fol­low on Sun­day, Septem­ber 1, in con­junc­tion with the rel­a­tively new race, the en­ticer.

Par­tic­i­pants can choose be­tween the tra­di­tional sprint dis­tance race (750m swim, 20km cy­cle and 5km run), the new en­ticer race (300m swim, 10km cy­cle and 2.5km run) or a team in ei­ther race. New en­tries will be ac­cepted this Satur­day, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity and a late en­try fee, how­ever no new en­tries will be ac­cepted for race day on Sun­day.

The main race be­gins at 7am on Sun- day with the en­ticer race (all ath­letes and teams) at 7am, the sprint dis­tance women (all age groups) and sprint teams to start at 7.05am, fol­lowed min­utes later by the men sprint dis­tance (all age groups) at 7.12am.

Rack­ing of bikes will be opened at 5.30am on Sun­day and no bikes are to be racked on Satur­day.

The move to a 7am start has been well re­ceived by com­peti­tors, res­i­dents, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and race or­gan­is­ers and the ex­cit­ing new two-loop cy­cle course makes things more chal­leng­ing for com­peti­tors.

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to come down and cheer home the com­peti­tors on Sun­day morn­ing as lo­cal tal­ents pit them­selves against some of the best triath­letes in the coun­try.

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