Now in its third year, the Breakfree Rainbow Beach Triathlon will be held on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of August. Competitors can ‘Do the Double’ or race one sprint edition event – on either Saturday afternoon, or Sunday morning. By ‘Doing the Double’, competitors complete an Olympic distance event over 2 days – a perfect season starter, or hit out prior to this year’s London World Championships.
Event Manager, Phil Hungerford, says “We have been told the weekend is quite appealing to parents. Mum can compete in the ‘sprint distance’ events of 750m swim/20km ride/5km run on the Saturday and Dad on the Sunday or vice versa. The split event means babysitting duties can be shared.”
This year will also incorporate the inaugural regional club challenge, where triathlon clubs compete to earn their club the title of the ‘Queensland Regional Club Champion’. Strong interest has come already from a number of clubs, with clubs and individuals signed up from across Queensland.
“We really encourage involvement from the kids in the local area – including Rainbow, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and the Gympie region.”
“The tri is ‘doable’ for any level of skill. The youngest age group (6-9 years) simply completes a 100m swim, 3km bike leg and 500m run, in fact this year it will be even more achievable with a safer, flatter bike leg.”
The relaxed atmosphere of this triathlon makes it a great weekend for any triathlete – from the beginner to the highly competitive. Teams are also welcome in the Double or Sprint events and wetsuits are permitted in the Double Tri.
The race starts on the beach, with the backdrop of our beautiful Coloured Sands as bodies plunge themselves into the Pacific. Following the sweep, the ocean swim leg travels 750m down the beach, with a short jog up to the transition area. The 20km bike leg takes advantage of our very flat, very straight road to Inskip Point, has the potential for excellent times. The race finishes with a 5km run in the town streets, cheered on by the crowds. Then it all happens again on the Sunday, of course that’s optional.
For those who are a little older (14 years +) or young at heart and would like to have a go at a triathlon themselves, they offer the Active First Timers event. It’s designed for high school students or adults wanting to have a go at their first triathlon. The course is the same as that for the 12-13 years: 200m swim, 6km bike, 2km run, held Saturday, August 24.
Triathletes who book by the 15th August, can take advantage of early-bird discounts – visit the website for more information: http://www.rainbowbeachtriathlon.com.au