Car­ni­val to head­line event

Ath­letes and be­gin­ners to get ac­tive

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TRIATHLON: This year’s Color­bond Air­lie Beach Triathlon has grown well be­yond the stan­dard swim, bike and run.

The week­end fes­ti­val will fea­ture a head­line Com­mu­nity Car­ni­val on Fri­day Septem­ber 1, from 5–8pm com­plete with fire­works, jump­ing cas­tles, face paint­ing, food trucks and live mu­sic at the Air­lie Beach La­goon.

En­trance is free but gold coin dona­tions can be made to the North Queens­land Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

Rac­ing com­mences on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2 with a new “icon homes Ocean Swim” kick­ing off from 8.30am at Air­lie Beach La­goon Beach with events for ju­niors (350m), novices (750m) and the ex­pe­ri­enced swim­mers (2km).

Com­peti­tors can reg­is­ter for the swim for just $25 in­clud­ing elec­tronic tim­ing, a sil­i­cone swim cap and a cus­tom set of swim pad­dles for all com­peti­tors.

As a bonus for those choos­ing to do the triathlon, en­try for the icon homes Ocean Swim will be re­duced to $10.

There is an any­thing goes cat­e­gory in the ju­nior and 750m events that al­lows com­peti­tors to wear and use aids such as fins, wet­suits, snorkels and float­ies.

The Er­gon En­ergy Kidzpower Ju­nior Triathlon will be held at 2.30pm Satur­day af­ter­noon and the kids will bat­tle for the McDon­ald’s School Cham­pi­onship and their share of $1000 worth of sport­ing equip­ment for their school.

Ev­ery par­tic­i­pant gets a race shirt and fin­ish­ers medal.

The ac­tion will con­tinue on Satur­day evening with the TRUCORE Abs of Steel com­pe­ti­tion and the Whit­sun­day Times Sea­side Cin­ema screen­ing Moana.

Abs of Steel will be a free, elim­i­na­tion style chal­lenge hosted by Corey Whi­b­ley.

The Air­lie Beach Triathlon in­cludes a sprint dis­tance (750m swim, 20km cy­cle, 5km run), en­ticer dis­tance (350m swim, 10km cy­cle, 2.5km run) and re­lay team op­tion.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

READY, SET, GO: About 160 kids were in­volved in the Er­gon En­ergy Kidzpower Triathlon last year.

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