Hundreds turn out for triathlon

TRIATHLON

THE Fish D'Vine Airlie Beach Triathlon saw 168 competitors take part in the annual race on Sunday.

In a field that included professional triathletes to Irish tourists, the race went off without a hitch, despite Brisbane athlete Prashant Shekhar somehow missing the bike course turn off, which meant that he finished more then two hours after the race winners.

Triathlete Sam Betten from Clear Mountain took out the men's event for the third time, adding to his titles in 2007 and '08.

Rachael Paxton from Cotton Tree made history after she recorded her third straight win in the event.

21-year-old Joshua Dyke was the best placed local male finishing 11th overall.

Dyke said that he was proud of his efforts in what were very hot conditions.

“My goal was to finish,” he said.

“She was a bit hot and muggy.”

Whitsunday Triathlon Club spokesman Steve Athey said this year's event again proved to be a success.

“Events like the Airlie Beach Triathlon are great for the town as they attract visitors who return year after year and spread the word about what a great place Airlie Beach is to visit,” he said.

“The Airlie Beach Triathlon is now an extremely well established event which is renowned among triathletes as having the best course, best prizes and friendliest atmosphere to be found anywhere along the eastern seaboard.”

Whitsunday Triathlon club members posted strong results in this year's race taking out four age group first places.

On Saturday almost 100 kids also took part in the Ergon Energy Junior Triathlon.

2010 Triathlon Winners

TEAMS

  • Men's – Man Up, Airlie Beach
  • Female – Voice 2 Net, Airlie Beac
  • Mixed – Dad's Army, Ayr and Airlie Beach

INDIVIDUALS

  • Men's overall - Sam Betten
  • Female overall – Rachael Paxton
  • Local male – Joshua Dyke (11th)
  • Local female – Naomi Land (third)

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