Competitors cycling on the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island as part of last years triathlon.
Competitors cycling on the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island as part of last years triathlon.

Hamilton to showcase triathlon

TRIATHLON

WHITSUNDAY Triathlon Club members are preparing for the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon which will be held on the island on Sunday November 14.

In one of the most scenic triathlons in the world, competitors will aim to tackle the gruelling hill course head on.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club member Steve Athey said he was looking forward to the event following his success in the inaugural race held last year.

“It's a great race,” he said.

“Last year there were some big names that came up and it proved to be a great event.

“It's a very challenging course though.”

The event starts at 6.30am with a 750m swim at Catseye Bay, followed by a 20km cycle around the southern end of Hamilton Island encompassing the airport runway and a 5km run between the island's marina and resorts.

“It's pretty unique to race on the runway,” Athey said.

“There's no other race that I know of where you can do it.

“It's just exciting to get over their and race in what is a very technical course.”

The event is open to both individual competitors and teams, with great prizes on offer.

Entries for the race can be submitted online at www.trihamiltonisland.com.au and close on Tuesday November 9.

The Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon is part of an overall multi-sports festival which includes the iconic Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim on Friday November 12 and an informative triathlon workshop from November 9-12.


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