ON Saturday, January 19, Nowra will become the active hub of the South Coast, playing host to the Nowra Triathlon Festival.
The event, in its ninth year, will feature three different distance triathlons to appeal to a wide range of age and ability.
The festival includes the super sprint distance (200m swim/7.5km bike/2km run) for those that are just getting into the sport, the sprint distance (750m swim/20km bike/5km run) for those looking for a bit of a hit out to the standard distance (1.5km swim/40km bike/10km run) for the more experienced athlete.
One of the first races of 2019 season, Nowra features a spectacular course with a point to point swim on the Shoalhaven River, a bike ride through the beautiful dairy regions of Terrara and Numbaa and a run following the Shoalhaven River – making use of the iconic Nowra Bridge, before finishing back on the shoreline on Riverview Road.
Each year, the event attracts participants from across the globe and this year is no exception.
In 2019, Nowra Triathlon has attracted people of all ages and abilities from across Australia with participants from the United Kingdom and South Australia making the trip for the event.
“The sport of triathlon simply does not discriminate, with four competitors in their 70s and five 10-year-olds taking part in the action,” Elite Energy Events marketing manager Sebastian Gallery said.
The Nowra Triathlon Festival will also showcase a growing amount of Shoalhaven talent, with the inclusion of up a coming athletes of the likes of Freya Robinson-Mills – who has been climbing the ranks with a number of notable performances in the 2017/18 season.
“Nowra Triathlon has always been one of my favourite events on the calendar, it’s amazing how many people from out of town comment on what a great place we live,” CEO Mark Emerton said.
“This is the perfect opportunity for first timers to have a try.
“The sheltered flat water swim in the river partnered with a flat, unchallenging bike and run course, is a gentle way to get into the sport on your back doorstep”.
The event hub and best place to spectate all the action of the triathlon is beside the Shoalhaven River at the reserve on Riverview road.
From this vantage point, spectators will be able to watch the swim in the Shoalhaven River, witness the controlled mayhem that is athletes exiting the water and collecting their bikes prior to heading out onto the bike course and watch athletes cross the finish line all from the one location.
To get involved, visit: www.eliteenergy.com.au/event/nowra-triathlon-festival/