Call to take up aquathon challenge
THE Bargara Triathlon Club has challenged amateur athletes to back up their words with action and hit the road in an upcoming aquathon.
President Brian Wilson said there had been plenty of interest in what is believed to be the first event of its kind to be held in Bundaberg, but that interest had failed to convert into entries so far.
“There are promising signs there, but we'd like more entries,” he said.
“We'd like this to become a signature event, something we can be proud of, something that encourages visitors to our region.”
Wilson said while many had talked the talk, most were still yet to walk the walk and sign their names on the dotted line.
“There are plenty of people talking about it and there are plenty of people asking us about it but not enough are actually registering,” he said.
Wilson said with the starting gun scheduled to sound in three weeks, now was the time to get involved and become part of the inaugural event.
“It's an exciting new event for the region, and with the community's support we hope to make it an annual competition,” he said.
“The more people we have at the starting line, the better.”
Wilson said the events would be the perfect opportunity for people to put their fitness to the test across two different sports.
“The combination of the swimming and the running is a great way to see where your fitness is at,” he said.
Bundaberg mother Jody Schneider was among the first to sign her name to the registration list and hopes to enter her children Harry, Olivia and Sam.
A triathlon enthusiast, she has been training in the lead-up to the event in the hope of being the first to cross the finish line.
“There's been a lack of events like this for quite a while,” she said.
“Aquathons are a good test of your fitness and I'm looking forward to getting out there to see what I can achieve.”
The aquathon, to be held October 16, will feature a 1km swim at Moore Park Beach and an 8km run.
It will be the first event of a three-race competition, featuring a triathlon in Moore Park Beach in March next year and a duathlon in Bundaberg the following month.
On-line registration for the aquathon is available at www.bargaratriathlon.webs.com