New triathlon series begins today

FITNESS fanatics will gather in Moore Park this morning for the first leg of a new three-event triathlon series.

The newly formed Bargara Triathlon Club will host an aquathon, featuring a one-kilometre ocean swim and an eight-kilometre run at Moore Park beach.

President Brian Wilson said the event had attracted a healthy field of competitors, who will travel from across the Wide Bay to compete.

“It’s only our first event, so we’ve been pretty thrilled with the level of inquiry and the number of entries,” he said.

Online registrations closed Thursday midnight but competitors can still participate by signing up at a booth in front of the Moore Park Beach Surf Lifesaving Club before the event.

Competitors will make a bolt for the surf at 9.30am and are expected to finish before lunchtime.

Wilson encouraged last-minute entrants to make their way to Moore Park and put their support behind the club’s first event.

“It’s a pretty special day for us and it’s shaping up to be an excellent competition.

“So we would like to see as many people step up to the starting line as possible,” he said.

There will be an intermediate course for less experienced participants featuring a 400m swim and a 4km run.

Children aged between seven and 12 years can take part in a junior competition with a 100m swim and a 400m run.

The Bargara Triathlon Club will host a duathlon at the Kevin Brogden memorial velodrome in March and a triathlon in Moore Park in April.

Wilson hoped the events would help get local athletes and fitness fanatics back into triathlons.

“It’s something that’s been missing from the local sporting landscape for some time so hopefully people will be as excited as we are,” he said.

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