Acclaimed athletes such as Susie O’Neill and Ky Hurst will race alongside competitors of all ages and abilities over the endurance sport weekend which has been billed as one of the most unique and scenic courses in the world.
The Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon on Saturday November 19 has again attracted defending champion and former world junior champion triathlete Ashleigh Gentle as well as Olympian Maxine Seear and semi-professionals Josh Amberger and James Seear.
Around 300 triathletes will compete in the sprint distance event which has one of the most unique courses on the triathlon circuit. The event starts with a 750 metre swim in Catseye Bay at Hamilton Island followed by a 20km cycle around the southern part of Hamilton Island including the airport runway and a 5km run around the marina with a finish on the resort-side of Hamilton Island.
Nearly one third of the competitors will be in the teams division of the triathlon including champion ironman Ky Hurst who will compete in the swim leg of the event for his team.
A junior triathlon, for children under the age of 15, will be held on Sunday November 20. In a move from traditional kid’s triathlons, the children won’t compete in age-groups but will race a choice of three distances depending on their ability and experience.
Later on Sunday afternoon, nearly 300 swimmers will hit the water for the magnificent Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim. Around 10 Olympians including Susie O’Neill and Ky Hurst will be competing in the 2km swim. The swim is the only sporting event permitted to be held on Whitehaven Beach. There will also be a 750 metre swim as well as a 350 metre swim for children under 13.
However, the weekend of sport is not all for serious athletes. The Dent Dash on the morning of Sunday 20 November is a non-competitive social event where participants can either run or walk 18 holes of the spectacular Hamilton Island Golf Course which is approximately 10.6km. If that’s too energetic, they can choose between the front nine holes (4.2km) or the back nine (4.6km).
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