Duathlon a suc­cess

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BOTH kids and adults headed along to the Big Rig park­lands on Sun­day morn­ing for the sec­ond in­stall­ment of the Come and Tri duathlon.

Mara­noa triathlon club pres­i­dent Meg Lyons said by elim­i­nat­ing the swim­ming disclip­ine, she hoped that it would make it seem less daunt­ing and more peo­ple would be will­ing to give it a crack.

“One of the most im­por­tant things to make sure no­body is out there by them­selves,” she said.

DUATHLON: Com­pet­ing in a triathlon can seem in­tim­i­dat­ing to many, but one lo­cal club hopes by elim­i­nat­ing the most feared disclip­ine, there is no ex­cuse not to give it a good tri.

Mara­noa triathlon club pres­i­dent Meg Lyons said run­ning the sec­ond Adults and Kids Come and Tri duathlon was a way to at­tract new mem­bers to the club.

Those who were keen to get their en­dor­phins flow­ing headed to the Big Rig park­lands at the crack of dawn for a run­ning and a cy­cling leg.

The adult par­tic­i­pants ran 3km, biked 10km and then fin­ished with a 2km run, while the chil­dren ran a to­tal of 3km with a 6km bike leg.

“We held it just for the kids last time, and that went re­ally well, so the com­mit­tee de­cided to have one for the adults too and make it a so­cial thing on a Sun­day morn­ing… noth­ing too in­tense,” Lyons said.

“The whole idea is to get peo­ple in­volved in two dis­ci­plines rather then three be­cause some­times a whole triathlon can seem a bit daunt­ing.

“But with the two dis­ci­plines, most peo­ple have a bike and most have a pair of run­ning shoes, so it’s a good way to get peo­ple in­volved and get a lit­tle taste of it.

Whether you’re a fit­ness fa­natic or first time par­tic­i­pant, Lyons en­sures that the Adults and Kids Come and Tri Duathlon caters for all abil­i­ties.

“One of the most im­por­tant things to make sure no­body is out there by them­selves. It’s an in­di­vid­ual sport but if you try and bring a bit of team at­mos­phere into it, it makes it more fun,” she said.

“For the kids, one of our mem­bers was at the front of the group and one was at the back to make sure there is al­ways safety on the roads which is re­ally im­por­tant.”

For Lyons, be­ing part of the triathlon club has given her the op­por­tu­nity to travel all over

Queens­land to com­pete, while mak­ing some amaz­ing friends in the process.

“You meet peo­ple wher­ever you go, and it doesn’t mat­ter if you’re su­per fast or if its your first time, you feel in­cluded.”

“The club has been run­ning since 2012 but we’re al­ways try­ing to get new mem­bers and peo­ple in­volved.”

Pic­ture: Lucy Rutherford

FIT­NESS FUN: Both kids and adults headed along to the Come and Tri duathlon held at the Big Rig park­lands on Sun­day morn­ing.

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