Region's triathletes ready to race as series starts
TRIATHLON: Athletes are limbering up as the local triathlon season gets ready to launch tomorrow.
About 90 competitors are expected for Race 1 of the Tsuruya Japanese Restaurant Triathlon Series at the Capricorn Resort.
Frenchville Frogs Triathlon Club president Wayne Clifford said the race would double as a qualifier for the Queensland secondary schools triathlon championships.
"We have 60 people entered online already and we would expect another 20 to 30 by race morning,” he said yesterday.
"Just who will be competing is a bit of an unknown at this stage because we just don't know who's about.
"We know there are a couple of long distance races being held around the place as well this weekend.
"We expect competitors from across the region, including Tannum Sands, Gladstone and Biloela, and there's a chance we might get some kids from Mackay given that it is the schools qualifier.”
Clifford said the series would feature four races. The second is on December 12, with the final two rounds in February and March.
"We have tailored these races to people to just enjoy themselves. It is the perfect avenue for people who swim, bike and run to put it all together on the one day,” he said.
Tomorrow's program features five events - the sprint (long course) triathlon and duathlon for individuals or teams, the enticer (short course) triathlon and duathlon for individuals or teams and the 5km run for individuals.
Racing starts at 7am.