Triathletes tussle in Townsville


WHITSUNDAY triathletes made the trek north for the Townsville Triathlon last weekend, competing for glory in the richest age-group race in Australia.

The Whitsundays was well represented with young gun Luke Henry, James and Cassie Carman, Ryan Palazzi and Harrison Palm all giving their all in their respective events.

Luke Henry emerged from the 750m swim in the lead pack, and maintained contact throughout the technical 4-loop bike course.

The Proserpine junior battled bravely on for a fourth placing in a high quality field and his bike strength will continue to grow with training and physical development.

Ryan Palazzi continued his form resurgence with a podium in the largest age bracket, the 30-39 male division and was second out of the water behind former pro Toby Coote.

James Carman finished just two places adrift in fifth and then backed up the following day to team with wife Cassie and son Harrison for the team triathlon, finishing 12th in their division out of a field of 33 teams.

This weekend sees the staging of Round 4 of the Sportspower Splash n Dash Series.

The series began in July as part of the build-up to the Airlie Beach Triathlon, but continues so athletes can stay 'race-ready' for the Bowen Triathlon in October and the North Queensland Race Series Final on Hamilton Island on November 10.

As always, all levels and ages of athletes are catered for with races beginning at 7am for the adult, teens from 7.45am and juniors aged 10 and under from 8.15am.

The event is aligned to fall on the same date as the 'Run the Great Whitsunday Walk' event which concludes at the lagoon.

Whitsundays resident Reuben McLoughlin will be looking at retaining his place at the top of the podium following his success at the Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon in May.

After an inspired run into third place last year on minimal run training, McLoughlin will look to take the step up to the next level.

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