Competitors will test their fitness at the Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swim this weekend. Photo: Mel Smith – Hamilton Island Photography
Competitors will test their fitness at the Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swim this weekend. Photo: Mel Smith – Hamilton Island Photography

New events added to big Hamo triathlon weekend

THE second biggest field on record will line up for the Hamilton Island Triathlon on Sunday and a couple of new events have been added to the program for this weekend.

Race director Steve Jackson said triathletes seemed eager to race after other major events were cancelled because of coronavirus, including the Noosa Triathlon and the Airlie Beach Triathlon.

A strong contingent of competitors from the Whitsunday Triathlon Club and Hamilton Island will line up for the triathlon on Sunday.

“It seems lockdown has made people acutely aware of the mental and physical benefits of exercise and now they want to test their new-found fitness,” Mr Jackson said.

In September, the Queensland Government announced $25,000 in funding to support the triathlon and ocean swim.

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The triathlon includes a 750m swim in Catseye Bay, a 20km bike ride along the southern part of the island and airport runway, as well as a 5km run.

But it’s far from the only event taking place across the weekend.

The annual ocean swim will also take place but this year it will be moved from its traditional location of Whitehaven Beach and will be held at the main resort beach, Catseye Beach on Saturday afternoon.

Competitors can choose between a 750m effort or 2km event.

Swimmers from as far as southeast Queensland, Townsville, Cairns and Mackay will be taking part, while Whitsunday swimmers including the Cannonvale Cannons will be doing their best to claim victory in hometown waters.

Entry includes return ferry transfers from Airlie Beach as well as an event shirt and distinctive medal.

Triathlete Emma Hogan won the women’s crown at the 2019 Hamilton Island Triathlon. Photo: Hamilton Island Photography
Triathlete Emma Hogan won the women’s crown at the 2019 Hamilton Island Triathlon. Photo: Hamilton Island Photography

In addition to this, visitors can complete the Hamilton Island Icons Trail.

It can be done in a continuous walk, or broken up into a number of smaller journeys to visit four of the icons located on the walking trail network including the new viewing platform at Passage Peak, the big chair on South East Head, the giant swing at Coral Cove and the giant hammock at Escape Beach.

Participation is free.

Passage Peak lookout on Hamilton Island. Photo: Tourism Events Queensland.
Passage Peak lookout on Hamilton Island. Photo: Tourism Events Queensland.

For those up for a tougher challenge, longtime favourite event Power to the Peak will return on Saturday.

Participants will run from Catseye Beach, up to Passage Peak and back again, ascending more than 230m of elevation in just over 2km, before diving back down to the beach on jelly legs.

This race has been held in different formats for decades and after a short hiatus, returns but with a much improved trail surface.

Giant swing at Coral Cove on Hamilton Island.
Giant swing at Coral Cove on Hamilton Island.

There’s also a stand-alone triathlon for juniors, a 350m option in the Ocean Swim for children 13 years and younger or they too can ‘Power to the Peak’.

For more information about the triathlon, ocean swim and other events this weekend, click here.


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