Record num­bers for sport fes­ti­val

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Fine weather and record en­tries for Satur­day’s triathlon events will en­sure this week­end’s Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val is an­other huge suc­cess.

Now a world qual­i­fy­ing event for both the stan­dard and Olympic dis­tances this year’s triathlon will ex­pose the unique cross bor­der course, in­clud­ing a bridge run and a Lake Mul­wala hug­ging cir­cuit to many com­peti­tors from all over Aus­tralia.

The triathlon part of fes­ti­val takes place on the Satur­day af­ter­noon from the Mul­wala Water­ski Club and the usual Splash and Dash fun runs will re­sume their nor­mal for­mat on Sun­day morn­ing on the Yar­ra­wonga Fore­shore near the slide.

The Sun­day fun runs will also fea­ture a cor­po­rate chal­lenge that will be rais­ing funds for the lo­cal hos­pi­tal as part of the Yar­ra­wonga Health’s Help­ing Hands ini­tia­tive.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, the lo­cal Sa­cred Heart’s Splash n Dash team, have been fran­ti­cally putting fi­nal prepa­ra­tions to­gether to en­sure this year’s event will be even bet­ter than pre­vi­ous years.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Jared Lough­nan said the event will at­tract more than 2,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing ath­letes, sup­port crews and vol­un­teers from all over Aus­tralia in­ject­ing more than $2 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy.

“Our aim is to cap­i­talise on all the hard work that has been done in the past by Triathlon Vic­to­ria and Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Tourism and make the event even big­ger,” Jared said.

“Our part­ner­ship with Triathlon Vic­to­ria will see the event be­come more sus­tain­able, at­trac­tive and re­ward­ing for com­peti­tors, lo­cal busi­nesses, res­i­dents and spon­sors,” he said.

“With the sup­port of Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Tourism and the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club we have been able to make it more of a com­mu­nity fes­ti­val and re­tain the Sun­day fun runs from our orig­i­nal Splash and Dash event.

“By at­tract­ing World Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the ITU World Cham­pi­onship along­side the Vic­to­rian State Se­ries it will fur­ther place Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala on the map. A sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment only awarded to sev­eral triathlons in Aus­tralia.

“Our reg­is­tra­tions this year have been ex­cep­tional and the weather fore­cast is look­ing per­fect. Although the triathlons are now closed for reg­is­tra­tions peo­ple can still reg­is­ter for the fun runs on the day,” Jared said.

The com­mit­tee are still look­ing for vol­un­teers to help mar­shal at dif­fer­ent points along the course on Satur­day.

“If any­one or any group can as­sist we would wel­come their help. We are mainly seek­ing vol­un­teer for four hours on the Satur­day af­ter­noon. We just re­quire peo­ple to mar­shal at dif­fer­ent points to as­sist ath­letes along the course.” If you can help please ring Lynda White on 0407 432 756.

Re­mem­ber that whilst race en­tries will be taken on the day the or­gan­is­ers en­cour­age ev­ery­one to reg­is­ter prior at au to avoid the queues on the day.”

More than 2,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing com­peti­tors, sup­port crews and vol­un­teers will con­verge on the mul­tisport event vil­lage at the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club this Satur­day.

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