Triathletes get chance to compete
THE annual Agnes Water Triathlon and Junior Aquathlon is expected to have a great turn out with organisers hoping for more entries than last year.
The event will go ahead on Sunday, October 3, despite a near-disaster earlier this year.
Law changes meant accredited traffic control staff were needed, blowing the event's cost to double its original price.
Organisers realised they would be up for another $4000 to $6000 to run the event but the Gladstone Regional Council stepped in to help.
Agnes Water Triathlon Mel Robeck said as a result of the new regulations the race would be run over a course with total road closures.
“Entrants will not have to compete with road traffic,” she said.
“The event will start at the beautiful Main Beach in Agnes Water.”
There will be two race distances for participants with a shorter come-and-try distance of a 375m swim, 10km cycle and a 2.5km run.
“It's designed for those giving it a go for the first time,” Ms Robeck said.
“With a relatively flat race course, it is the perfect race for first-timers.”
More experienced entrants will compete in a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.
The event had 150 competitors last year and organisers are hoping to receive more this year.
People can register on the day from 6.30am.
The Junior Aquathlon will be held Saturday afternoon before the triathlon.
Children will be able to compete in the under-10 or under-14 categories with a run, swim, run competition.
Motorists are advised Agnes Street, Spring Street and access roads from these will be closed between 7.30am and 10am.
Both distances are open to individual and team entries.
There is more than $3000 in cash prizes to be won and hundreds of dollars worth of random draw prizes.
Registrations lodged online before tomorrow will avoid the late fee.
Spectators and competitors are welcome to attend both races.
For more information contact Ms Robeck on 0404 881 770 or visit the website www.agneswatertriathlon.com.