Hamo gears up for an­nual triathlon and ocean swim

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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