Competitors are being called for this weekend’s Emerald Duathlon.
Competitors are being called for this weekend’s Emerald Duathlon.

Triathletes step out for seconds

FEET big and small will hit the bitumen this Sunday for the running of the Central Highlands Triathlon Club’s second event for the year.

After the fast-footed success of Emerald’s first triathlon for a number of years, the club committee has set the challenge to competitors for their next endurance-based showcase.

This time it comes with a difference and a change which is sure to be welcomed for those a little less water-abled than others.

Instead of a triathlon, it’s a duathlon - run-bike-run - with two distances covered for varying levels of experience.

The absence of a water component will be of welcome relief to those competing as temperatures continued to fall across the Central Highlands over the weekend and served as part of the reasoning behind the duathlon concept.

“It’s just too cold to run anything in the water this time of year and the pool is closed anyway, so we couldn’t run a full-on triathlon even if we wanted to,” Central Highlands triathlon club co-ordinator Craig Johnston said.

The Emerald duathlon will be run over two distances – a 1km run, 10km bike, 2km run or for the more adventurous a 2km-20km-5km is also available.

Entry is open to ages 14 years and above.

Registrations will be taken from 7.30am, closing at 8.30am on Sunday, June 19, at the corner of Opal St and Park Ave.


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