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New sports festival to put Lake Mac on triathlon map


Locally-based organisers are confident the new Lake Macquarie Triathlon Festival will be the next “big thing” in sports events for the region.

With no major open competitions in that area since 1995, the introduction of the latest concept has been welcomed by neighbouring organisations.

All six established Hunter triathlon clubs – Newcastle, Tomaree, Maitland, Singleton, Scone and Lake Macquarie – are keen to race near “home”, while the festival is also gaining substantial interest from participants throughout NSW.

Already, it’s attracted the likes of two-time Ironman Hawaii World Champion Chris McCormack, Australian Hall of Famer Glenn Gorrick and well-respected former pro Spot Anderson, as well as Newcastle’s own legends Boyd Conrick, Reggie Wright, Scott and Bec Weavers who have all performed well on the international stage.

The event will include standalone swimming and running races, and four triathlons for all standards, at Speers Point Park from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March.

A Sports Expo and clinics is taking centre stage, too.

The Quarry Mining Standard Distance Triathlon (1,500m, 40km cycle, 10km run), KCE Sprint Distance Triathlon (750m, 20km cycle, 5km run) and Ampcontrol Short Course Triathlon (250m, 13km cycle, 2.5km run) are scheduled to wrap up the weekend.

“We’re optimistic this event could host a national triathlon title championships within two-three years,” said race director Ja Davis of H Events.

“With the support of the local businesses and community, this festival boasts the right location, outstanding swim, cycle and run courses and a sports-mad Hunter triathlon fraternity.

“It’s also garnered a presenting sponsor in the Committee of the Hunter.

“We have Lake Macquarie City Council, Quarry Mining, ARTC, Ampcontrol, KCE, Brokenwood Wines, The Athletes Foot and Bicycle Centre Hunter Valley on board as well.

“There’s no shortage of backing from local service and sports clubs either, including the Rotary Club of Charlestown and Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club.

“The Hunter Melanoma Foundation will stage an Out of the Sun Run (5km run) on Friday evening to raise funds for their work in melanoma prevention.”

Committee for the Hunter CEO Alice Thompson praised the collaboration.

“We partner with business, industry, governments and the social sector to promote our region and build a sustainable and prosperous future for Hunter communities,” she said.

“That’s why we are proud to join with H Events, committee members, sponsors and community groups in the Lake Macquarie Triathlon, to be run on the scenic shores of one of the region’s top attractions for visitors, new residents and locals.”

Lake Macquarie Triathlon Festival schedule

Friday 15 March:

  • 6pm – Hunter Melanoma Foundation Out of the Sun Run

Saturday 16 March:

  • 9am – Lake Macquarie Aquathlon (1km swim and 5km run)
  • 10am – Lake Macquarie Open Water Swims (1km or 2km)
  • 9am-4pm – Sports Expo and Clinics

Sunday 17 March:

  • 6.30am – Quarry Mining Standard Distance Triathlon (1500m, 40km cycle, 10km run)
  • 8am – KCE Sprint Distance Triathlon (750m, 20km cycle, 5km run)
  • 9am – Ampcontrol Short Course Triathlon (250m, 13km cycle, 2.5km run)
  • 9.30am – ARTC Junior Triathlon (various short distances from 7yo to 11yo)

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