Hamil­ton Is­land Triathlon cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

PLANES won’t be the only things on the Hamil­ton Is­land run­way as the 10th an­niver­sary of the Hamil­ton Is­land Triathlon kicks off on No­vem­ber 17.

The un­du­lat­ing land­scape sur­rounded by turquoise, Whit­sun­day wa­ters pro­vides the per­fect set­ting for the 750m swim in Cat­s­eye Bay, a 20km cy­cle around the south­ern part of Hamil­ton Is­land in­clud­ing the air­port run­way and a 5km run around the ma­rina and is­land re­sorts.

The main event will be held on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 17, from 6am with par­tic­i­pants aged 14 and above el­i­gi­ble for en­try.

All triath­letes must at­tend a brief­ing, cy­cle clinic and course ori­en­ta­tion held in the En­deav­our Room at 5pm Fri­day.

Sun­day will host the Ju­nior Triathlon fea­tur­ing long (250m swim, 5km bike, 2km run), medium (150m swim, 3km bike, 1km run) and short (50m swim, 1km bike, 500m run) races from 7am for ages 4-14.

The Ju­nior Splash n’ Dash will also take place on Sun­day from 7am fea­tur­ing long (250m swim, 2km run), medium (150m swim, 1km run) and short (50m swim, 500m run) events.

The chal­lenge con­tin­ues with the an­nual White­haven Beach Ocean Swim, also on Sun­day, with race brief­ing start­ing at 11.30am.

The ocean swim is a non-wet­suit event, how­ever swim skins are al­lowed.

Com­peti­tors must be 13 years old at De­cem­ber 31, 2018, to take part.

On­line en­tries for the White­haven Beach Ocean Swim and the Ju­nior Triathlon close Tues­day, No­vem­ber, 13, at 5pm.

But the triathlon won’t be the only event tak­ing over Hamil­ton Is­land for the week­end.

Com­peti­tors can also swim with the stars on Fri­day from 4pm with vi­tal tips from triathlon am­bas­sadors and Olympians Susie O’Neil and Ryan Fisher, then eat like a pro with the ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes at Sails Restau­rant.

Chil­dren can take part in a con­fi­dence clinic on Satur­day from 3.30pm to work on swim tech­nique with O’Neil and An­drew Reid of Bondi Res­cue in ad­di­tion to run tech­niques with Fisher and for­mer in­ter­na­tional cy­clise Mike Clu­cas.

For in­for­ma­tion on all the events and trans­port, check out the Hamil­ton Is­land Triathlon event guide at https://www.hamil­ton­is­land. com.au/triathlon/event­guide.

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READY TO DO IT ALL AGAIN: Hamil­ton Is­land Triathlon 2107.

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