It’s a new year … Fancy trying something different? Katie Oxenford explains that a triathlon event is not out of reach for most women. If you’d like to swim, pedal and run your way to the finish line, this girls’ only tri event may just be the ticket!
What’s the history behind the Girls’ Only Triathlon event in Forster? How many years has it been running, and how was the need for an event of this type identified locally?
This is the second year of the Girls Only Triathlon in Forster. Last year was a huge success, with almost 90 girls and women competing in the event. Everyone had a great time on the day, with laughter and high fives out on course. It was a fantastic atmosphere, with great sponsors, prizes, food and drinks.
The Girls Only Triathlon is an initiative by Forster Triathlon Club, who saw it as a way to not only get more women active in our community, but also encourage them to try something different and have some fun! Many girls or women may enjoy swimming, or jogging, or cycling, but to put them all together in one event is a new challenge! Half the fun happens in transition, when trying to get the goggles and swimming caps off, and shoes and helmets on!
This year the event will take place on January 14. Where’s the starting point, and what time do proceedings kick off?
The event takes place at Forster Keys on Sunday, January 14th 2018. Competitors can come down to register either the Saturday afternoon prior, or on race morning from 6:30am.
When competitors arrive on Sunday morning, they get their numbers on, rack their bikes and equipment and confirm which wave start they are in. Race brief is scheduled for 7:55am, with the first wave of competitors hitting the water from 8am.
All of these details, as well as further course information, will be emailed to competitors closer to the event date.
Take us though the various legs of the event … How far will entrants have to swim, cycle and run?
The course consists of a 300 m swim, 12 km cycle and 3 km run.
The swim takes place in Forster Keys, consisting of one lap around some markers in the water. Competitors then get on their bikes, and ride four laps of a 3 km loop around Forster keys. This is a flat 12 km cycle, with plenty of opportunities for spectators to watch. Competitors then finish the event with a 3 km run, made up of three laps of a 1 km loop along the foreshore of Forster keys.
What’s the course like? Will it suit all levels of athletic ability?
Absolutely! The event is open to any female 14 years and older. We had competitors ranging in all fitness and athletic abilities last year, with the main aim to have fun and try something new.
How much are entries to the event – and where can people register?
Entries are online, with the link found on the Forster Triathlon Club’s website at www.forstertriclub.com.au – the cost is $55.
What provisions are made on course for competitors – i.e. will there be drink/aid stations … and what personal equipment/safety gear would you advise competitors bring along themselves?
There will be some aid stations on course for participants, with plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. Competitors can relax and chat about the race after the event in the recovery area, where there will be plenty of food and drinks as well. All competitors receive a free bacon and egg roll, as well as lucky door tickets. There are also options for spectators to purchase food and drinks on the day.
For the race, competitors should bring along goggles for the swim, their bikes and compulsory helmets, and joggers for the run. Other equipment competitors might like to bring include a hat, towel, sunscreen, socks, special drinks or any other personal medical or safety equipment they may need when exercising.
Whom would you like to thank for supporting this year’s event?
We have three major sponsors again this year, whom we would like to sincerely thank. This includes McDonald’s Forster, Priceline Pharmacy Forster and Cycle and Sport Physiotherapy Forster. They have each been a wonderful support of the event over the last two years, donating to the organisation of the event, competitor T-shirts, foods, drinks and lucky door prizes. A number of local businesses have also shown their support by donating prizes.
We would also like to thank Forster Triathlon Club, and all the wonderful members who have given up their time and energy into making this fantastic event happen.
How many/what types of competitors are you expecting this year?
Last year we had 90 women sign up to the event. We are hoping to have similar numbers again this year. As the event is open to people of all abilities, we had such a diverse range of competitors. We had women who regularly participate in triathlon, right through to women who may have never thought about doing a triathlon and had borrowed their neighbour’s bike, complete with a bell and basket on front. It was great to see, and everyone cheered each other on during the race.
We also had a number of two or three people teams complete the event, so people can share the fun with their friends.
Where can we find out more info?
More information can be found on the Forster Triathlon Club’s website at www.forstertriclub.com.au
You can also find the Girls Only Triathlon page on Facebook.