Added dimension to long-running race
The Oamaru Harbour will be swarming with multisporters this weekend.
Up to 300 athletes and 1000 spectators are expected to throng the harbour area for the annual Oamaru Triathlon and Duathlon on Sunday.
Significance has been added to the popular event, which this year features a selection race for the ITU sprint world age-group championships.
“It’s certainly a bit bigger this year because of the ITU selection race,” long-serving organiser Adair Craik said.
“There will be some very good athletes here. I think we’ll see some really top quality triathletes.
“But it’s still an event totally open to everyday people. We love seeing people trying out their first triathlon or duathlon.
“The recreation event is for kids and adults who just want to have a shot at it and we really encourage everyone to have a go. It’s a wonderful sport.”Craik said the event, which incorporates the South Island secondary schools championships, had carved out a unique spot on the sporting calendar.
“It’s a real family-focused event and offers something for young people and the older ones. You can come and have a go and you don’t need to be a brilliant triathlete to be part of it.
“We also pride ourselves on running a really professional, smooth event. And it’s always attracted a huge amount of spectators who create a fantastic atmosphere.”Craik and her team have been busy sorting prizes and medals, and completing the myriad tasks that pop up in the final days before the event.
The ITU selection triathlon and the non-selection triathlon involve a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. The other events are the duathlon (2km run, 20km cycle, 5km run), recreation triathlon (300m swim or 1.9km run, 12km cycle, 2.6km run), senior South Island schools triathlon/duathlon (300m swim or 2km run, 20km cycle, 5km run) and intermediate/junior South Island schools triathlon/duathlon (300m swim or 2km run, 13km cycle and 2.5km run).
Volunteers are still being sought to act as marshalls and in other roles. Anyone keen can contact Adair Craik on 021 309-439.