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