WINNER: Dawn Romanella (left) winning the Whitehaven Beach Run. Photo: Andrea Francolini
WINNER: Dawn Romanella (left) winning the Whitehaven Beach Run. Photo: Andrea Francolini

Festival is perfect for triathlon preparation

RUNNING: Local triathletes will be using the Airlie Beach Running Festival to kick-start their own season, with the event just six weeks out from the Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon.

Triathlon Club president Steve Jackson doesn't see the two events as competing.

"Both the Triathlon Club and the Running Club are focused on getting more people in our region active. It's not only essential in assisting the health of individuals, but also in growing a sense of community," he said.

The scheduling of the events also mean it's ideal timing for those looking to 'do the double', with Jackson hopeful people will use the Running Festival as preparation for the triathlon.

"Six weeks is an ideal preparation time for an event of this length; it's close enough to scare you into action but time enough to get ready physically," he said.

The Whitsunday Triathlon Club will conduct a 'Rookie Training Program' daily.

Training officer James Carman is excited after the inaugural program last year.

"Our club benefited with the quality people that this program unearthed. For us, it's not about being the best; it's about getting the best out of yourself," he said.

For more information: http://www.whitsundaytriclub.com.


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