Champion returns to defend Airlie triathlon
TRIATHLON: Multiple champion Sam Betten has committed to defending his Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon title this year.
Betten has won the event a staggering six times, with his first win in 2007, and over the coming weeks Betten will be putting together a list of handy hints for each of the disciplines to help competitors prepare.
"As an athlete you always have an affinity with any race you've had success at, but for me it's more than that," he said.
"It's such a beautiful location, with a great course and fantastic atmosphere which has only been enhanced by the two loop cycle and Abell Point Marina run leg - making it even better for spectators. I'm hoping to share my knowledge of the course to help everyone prepare and get the most out of the experience."
On top of Betten's advice, the Whitsunday Triathlon Club's free rookie training program commences this week.
Race director Steve Jackson is hoping a lot of first-time athletes get involved.
"The beauty of triathlon is that it's an achievement every time you race. Events can vary from Enticer up to Ironman distance, you can race in the World Championships for your age, the Olympics or compete in your local race," he said.
Preparations continue for this year's Airlie Beach Triathlon on August 27-28 with registrations open.
Jackson is hoping many will be inspired by their efforts in the Airlie Beach Running Festival and will set a new fitness goal.
"To assist (and reward) all those who participated on the weekend, the Whitsunday Triathlon Club and Colorbond will be sending a discount code to enter the Triathlon and support their ongoing efforts to live an active and healthy lifestyle," he said.