The striking harbour precinct and blue mile of Wollongong City is once again gearing up to host the RMB Lawyers Trithegong triathlon festival.
Trithegong is being run Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March, and is a major tourism boost for the Wollongong region bringing a weekend of fun, health and activity.
Event director, Rob Bottacchio, said competitors are coming from further and wider, and the event is growing.
“We are expecting 1000 participants from wider NSW, with people of all ages competing.”
The event, which began in December 2010, provides runners with the opportunity to race over short and long distances, with the festival set to feature a sprint contest comprising a 750m swim, an 18km bike ride and a 5km run.
The swimming venue is Wollongong Harbour, with the cycle path around Flagstaff Hill, and the Olympic Distance Triathlon from Lang Park to Towradgi and back.
“The event is a showcase for the Illawarra, a great festival of swim, bike and run,” Bottacchio said, “it allows all to have the chance to compete in something they may not normally.”
Competitors in the event Brad Beeksma and Brad Ulph are excited for the event in which they have trained especially for.
Brad Beeksma, 22, of Engadine will be competing in the Trithegong for the first time, and is competing to improve his fitness.
“I’ve been training by doing the swim and have been riding a bit. I don’t usually cycle apart from when competing.”
Brad Ulph, 22, of Cronulla will be competing also, and believes the event is a great competition for competitors, while also being an attraction for Wollongong.
“It brings people to Wollongong that may not normally have come here and gives us a chance to compete,” he said, “ plus it’s also a visually appealing area to host such an event.”
Major sponsors of the event, RMB Lawyers, will be providing volunteers on the day, along with sponsorship from Elite Energy, volunteers from The Illawarra Disability Trust and local schools.
For more information on the event and registration, visit www.cyclenation.com.au/EventOrganisers/EventDetails.aspx?eeid=4963
Words: Hannah Robertson
Video: Nathan Thompson
Photos: Sean Soltys