Students urged to have a go at triathlon 

DRAWING more than 1000 competitors is the mark that organisers of next year’s Bendigo leg of the Week-Bix Try-Athlon series are aiming to surpass.
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The event on February 24 in and near the Bendigo Aquatic Centre precinct in Barnard Street will involve events for 7-10 year boys and girls and 11-15 years boys and girls.

A teams format will also be part of the swim, cycle and run contest.

Details about the Try-Athlon were unveiled yesterday by Commonwealth Games runner Mark Fountain and top triathlete Leon Griffin at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat.

Both have excelled on the world stage. Fountain was a bronze medallist in the 1500m run at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

From Kangaroo Flat, Griffin is a world duathlon champion who has since gone on to excel in ironman, Olympic distance and shorter distance duels in triathlons.

Both said the emphasis on February 24 was about fun, fitness and participation.

“There were more than 600 at this year’s Try-Athlon in Bendigo, so we’re aiming for at least a thousand this time,” Fountain said.

“Across Australia the goal is to set a world record for participation in a schools triathlon.

“Even if you are not competing, we hope you will be there to cheer schoolmates on.”

Distances for 7-10 years in the Weet Bix Try-Athlon are 75m swim, 3km cycle and 500m run.

Leg distances are doubled for the 11-15 years.

There is a training program available on the Weet-Bix website.

“The swim is at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre, the cycle around nearby blocks, and the run around the QEO, and every participant will earn a gold medal,” Griffin said.

The morning will include a breakfast. Entry fee is $35. More details available at schools or weetbix南京夜网.au

GO FOR GOLD: Leon Griffin with St Monica’s students Angus Chisholm, Mia Nally, Maddi Marsh and Ebony Bayliss. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

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