Hamo gears up for annual triathlon and ocean swim
HAMILTON Island will be transformed into a flurry of activity as athletes and amateurs from around the country congregate to compete in the 2013 Fujifilm Triathlon and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim, from November 15-17.
Olympic gold medallists Michael Klim and Susie O’Neil, as well as seasoned triathlon and ironman champions Craig Alexander and Ky Hurst, will showcase their skills and demonstrate their passion as they fiercely compete for podium positions.
Other professionals competing in the event are Maxine Seear, James Seear, Ashley Gentle and Courtney Atkinson.
Despite the event’s illustrious honour role, participants don’t need a cabinet full of gold medals to become involved.
Whether you are a rising star, professional athlete or just a good sport, with multiple races over two days there is sure to be an event to suit all ages and abilities.
The triathlon starts with a splash as competitors dive into a 750m ocean swim across the sparkling waters of Catseye Bay. The swim is followed by a 20km cycle around the island, including the unique opportunity to carve up the Hamilton Island airport runway, before finishing with a 5km run around the marina and ending with a stunning beachside finish.
The event is structured around a spectator-friendly course.
The Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim is the only sporting event permitted to be held in the waters off this world famous beach. Race lengths include 2km and 750m competitive races, as well as a 750m ‘anything goes’ and 350m kids event.
Spectator ferry tickets can be purchased for just $45 so friends, family and fans can soak up the atmosphere while enjoying one of the world’s top beaches.
Registrations are already open for both events. For more information visit www.hamiltonisland.com.au/triathlon/.
PREMIER EVENT: Hamilton Island will be transformed into a flurry of activity as athletes and amateurs from around the country congregate to compete in the 2013 Fujifilm Triathlon and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim, from November 15-17.
UNIQUE RACE: Triathlon competitors complete a 20km cycle around Hamilton Island, including the unique opportunity to carve up the airport runway. Photo by Andrea Francolini.