28th November 2014

PRESS RELEASE: 2,000 PARTICIPANTS TO DESCEND ON HILLARYS

The City of Joondalup will host the first race of the 2014/2015 Telstra Triathlon Series on Sunday, December 14 at Whitfords Nodes Beach Park. Over 2,000 competitors are expected to compete in the event, which includes the Triathlon WA State Sprint Championships.

Hillarys has been used as a race location in the series since 2007 and will also host the final race of the season in April, attracting a further 1,800 competitors.

Race director David Budge said that over the past eight years Hillarys has proven itself as the most popular Triathlon venue in WA. “It has all the essential elements that make it ideal for a triathlon especially for the shorter distance events such as the Telstra Triathlon Series Tadpoles, Enticer and Pursuit Races. The swim course is sheltered by the marina. For an open water swim Hillarys usually provides flat swimming pool like conditions. This is great for proficient swimmers, but also hugely beneficial for those not so strong in the water,” said Dave.

“The multi lap course gives spectators a great opportunity to cheer on friends, family and loved ones. Coming back into Nodes Park all participants experience the support from the huge crowds and the festival atmosphere which can make the pain they may be suffering . . . . . all worthwhile,” he said.

The sport of Triathlon is increasing in popularity with participant numbers in the Telstra Triathlon Series more than double since 2010. Over 40,000 competitors have crossed the finish line since 2005 and the series’ new six-week training course, held by Perth Integrated Health, has almost 60 participants currently enrolled.

38-year-old Ryan Vickers is taking part in the training course and is looking forward to completing his first triathlon in front of his family at the Hillarys’ event.
“For me the thought of running over that finish line in front of my young kids is enough to drive me to participate in a triathlon. I have always wanted to participate as I enjoy all the disciplines (swimming, cycling, and running), but to put them together is daunting,” he said.

“The course looked like an ideal way to learn the ropes but it’s been so much more. The group I’m in is great with lots of fun and camaraderie,” said Ryan.

The series includes five events at four different locations and encompasses the State Olympic Distance Championship and the State Sprint Championships as well as the Sunday Times Chillout! Tadpoles for kids aged 7 to 11.

Although the Hillarys triathlon won’t be a first for Julie Bishop, the 43-year-old decided to enrol in the training course to learn some new skills and techniques, and to train with other people. The Attadale resident who has competed in several triathlons said that you once begin, the sport becomes addictive.

“To anyone considering taking part…you can do it! You can start small and once you get the bug (which you will) you can just build from there,” she said.

Registrations for race one of the Telstra Triathlon Series in Hillarys close on Friday, 12th December 2014. Information about races and training courses can be found at www.triserieswa.com.au

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