20th Hor­sham Triathlon

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Triathlon will cel­e­brate its 20th an­niver­sary on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 9.

The pop­u­lar ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion will re­turn in largely the same for­mat, with a swim in the Wim­mera River in Hor­sham fol­lowed by a ride and run along its banks.

The run­ning course has been mod­i­fied this year to in­cor­po­rate the An­zac Cen­te­nary Bridge, link­ing the north and south banks of the river.

The event will be­gin with a ju­nior race at 4pm for com­peti­tors un­der the age of 16, with se­nior races start­ing at 5pm.

Se­nior com­peti­tors can en­ter in a short course, in­volv­ing a 200-me­tre swim, seven-kilometre bike ride and two-and-a-half-kilometre run, or a long course, in­volv­ing a 500-me­tre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and five-kilometre run.

Tri Hor­sham race direc­tor Mark Pumpa said en­tries were look­ing strong for the event.

“Num­bers are look­ing pretty good at the mo­ment,” he said.

“We have en­tries from across the state in­clud­ing Mel­bourne, Echuca and Shep­par­ton, so there is plenty of in­ter­est.”

Pumpa said the triathlon also tra­di­tion­ally drew plenty of en­tries from Wim­mera com­peti­tors.

“It’s all about lo­cal peo­ple – lo­cal kids and lo­cal adults – par­tic­i­pat­ing and hav­ing a go,” he said.

“The kids have be­come a big­ger fo­cus in the past few years.

“The ju­nior sec­tion has been get­ting big­ger and more pop­u­lar for a few years now.” Pumpa said the ju­nior triathlon of­fered sev­eral dif­fer­ent course lengths to suit chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages and abil­i­ties.

He said Tri Hor­sham was on the look­out for vol­un­teers to help run the event.

Pumpa said peo­ple want­ing to en­ter the Hor­sham Triathlon could do so by vis­it­ing web­site www.tri­hor­sham.com.au.

He said peo­ple could also call him on 0477 678 679 for de­tails or to vol­un­teer time to help with the event.

PREPA­RA­TION: Hor­sham’s Mark Pumpa is pre­par­ing for the Hor­sham Triathlon on Fe­bru­ary 9. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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