Tri the Bay – attracting new triathletes to the sport

Photo: Luke Hodges
Photo: Luke Hodges

THIS Sunday April 23, Batemans Bay will play host to five different triathlons for different ages and abilities. 

The races consist of a swim at Corrigans Beach, a ride that includes the scenic George Bass Drive and Dunns Creek Road, followed by a run that makes use of the Iconic Batemans Bay Bridge.

The 2017 event has already seen a 18 per cent increase in registrations on the 2016 festival.

“This significant increase in participation can be attributed to a noticeable increase in new athletes to the sport using the Batemans Bay Triathlon Festival as an opportunity to have a go while holidaying at one of the best spots on the South Coast,” Marketing Manager of Elite Energy Sebastian Gallery said.

Gallery also makes note that the festival now in its seventh year that “being the leading triathlon event operator in NSW has seen us build a substantial following of triathletes and we are excited to introduce them as well as the locals to what will be a fantastic day of racing for over 700 participants of all abilities”.

The Batemans Bay Triathlon festival is race 10 of the NSW Tri Series, which sees athletes competing at up to 12 series destinations to accrue points in the race for the series championship. 

The festival includes four Tri Series distances; The standard distance race(1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) as well as enforcer (400m swim, 15km bike, 4km run) and enticer (200m swim, 8km bike and 2km run) distance.

The big race of the day however is the Ultimate distance – a 1.9km ocean swim followed by a 90km bike ride that goes as far as Moruya and finishes off with a 21.1km run just for good measure.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back a packed day of events to the area. Over the past seven years we have formed a strong relationship with the Eurobodalla Shire Council and the amazing locals that make this great region to return to every year,” Elite Energy's CEO Mark Emerton said.

“We look forward to welcoming hundreds of athletes from across the country for a full schedule of racing and fun that provides participation opportunities for athletes of all levels and abilities.”

All the triathlon action kicks off from 7.30am with the start of the Ultimate Triathlon at Corrigans Beach.

For those that are wanting to spectate the best place to see athletes a number of times is at the Corrigans Beach Reserve where there will also be a health and lifestyle expo and finish line entertainment.

Entries are available on the day from 5.30am.

For any further information feel free to view the event webpage http://www.eliteenergy.com.au/event/batemans-bay-triathlon-festival/