Triathletes heading to Airlie


THE wait for the 2010 Fish D'Vine Airlie Beach Triathlon and Ergon Energy Junior Triathlon is almost over, with the annual event to be held this weekend.

Fitness fanatics and those that love a challenge have been waiting all year for the event that sees both teams and individuals tackle the three gruelling stages of the course – a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

Former race winners and elite triathletes Sam Betton and Rachel Paxton will be here again, with Paxton attempting to defend her title held for the past two years.

Betton who is flying in from his last race in Korea will be pushed hard this year by training partner Sam Speechly who will be making his Airlie debut.

There are also a large number of first time entrants this year meaning first timers should not be intimidated by the large scale of the event.

The events will be centred at Race HQ and transition in the Airlie Beach Lagoon Broadwater Avenue car park with the first kid's race kicking off at 2.30pm on Saturday and the senior triathlon at 7.00am Sunday morning.

Entries for both triathlons close at midnight tonight so for those that haven't taken the plunge and are wishing to, visit

There will be many race competitors in town from tomorrow onwards trying out the bike course and race organisers from the Whitsunday Triathlon Club ask residents to make guests feel welcome and show courtesy to visiting cyclists on the roads over the weekend.

Motorists are also requested to be patient should they experience very slight delays on Sunday morning.

Race organisers are inviting anyone not competing who would like to see what the sport is all about to come along to the lagoon and watch the action over the weekend.

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