20th Horsham Triathlon
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