Triathlon gears up in Highlands

Emerald triathlon coordinator Craig Johnston is calling on final nominations.
Emerald triathlon coordinator Craig Johnston is calling on final nominations.

FINAL nominations close tomorrow for the first triathlon to be run under the Central Highlands banner since the club’s dissolution nearly four years ago.

The April 3 event has been a long time coming for race director Craig Johnston, who in conjunction with the club committee, has been busily readying preparations far and wide.

“We have sent forms right out to Longreach and Rockhampton and when competitors get a whiff there is a race on, they are usually right on it,” Johnston said.

“It should be a good test as to what sort of club numbers we can expect because it’s the first time we’ve had a club out here in three to four years.

“It is certainly long overdue. The club has some massive potential.

“But at the moment we just need more people to put their hand up and get involved, it makes things a whole lot easier.”

Johnston hopes that if and when the Central Highlands club does prove itself as a promising venture, smaller clubs in neighbouring centres will join forces with the CH organisation.

In the meantime it is all systems go for the up-coming Emerald triathlon with a choice of two distances.

A 300-metre swim, 10km bike and 2km run or the lengthier 600m/17km/5km option.

Entry is open to both individuals and teams aged 14 years and above at Pushy Bikes in Emerald.

Johnston said the club hoped to incorporate junior age groups in future events but at this stage due to insurance reasons, age restrictions were necessary.

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