Budding triathletes are gearing up for the region’s very first triathlon this weekend in Nagambie.
The first Nagambie Sufferfest Triathlon Festival is shaping up to be a well-attended event on the summer calendar, with participants expected from throughout Victoria and Australia.
Australia’s newest multisport festival has an event for all ages and all abilities, over many different distances.
Starting tomorrow (Saturday, January 28) the following events will take place:
• Kidsfest – 75m swim, 3km cycle, 1km run
• Enticerfest – 150m swim, 6km cycle, 2km run
• Runfest – 5km and 10km fun runs
• Swimfest – 600m and 1.2km swim
But on Sunday (January 29), both amateur or professional athletes have a chance to test their might on one of three events:
• Sprintfest – 500m swim, 18km cycle, 5.25km run
• Olyfest – 1.5km swim, 36km cycle, 10.5km run
• Half-Iron Distance – 1.9km swim, 90km cycle, 21.1km run (half marathon)
Event director Matt Carman said it has taken a number of months for the festival to come to fruition.
"We are excited for this event to take place as Nagambie is a stunning location and with the lake so close to High Street, it provides the perfect backdrop for a Triathlon Festival," he said.
"The race starts and finishes in Nagambie next to the iconic Black Caviar statue."
While he said organisers weren’t expecting huge numbers for their first event, they are expecting the event to gain momentum over the next few years and for Nagambie to become a "must do" race for triathletes nationally.
"Event People are always on the look-out for regional areas to hold events. In 2016, we held the inaugural Mitchelton Running Festival which was a great event. The idea (for the running festival) was born from the idea of running a triathlon in the region and Nagambie is the perfect location for an event like this," he said.
"Catering for all abilities and the whole family is always the objective with our events. We aim to create a fun family atmosphere that encourages people to participate and live active, healthy lives.
"Triathlon is a unique sport where the whole family can come to Nagambie for the weekend and compete alongside each other over the various distances.
"The course is certainly friendly for more competitive people, encouraging fast and furious racing with some personal best times in sight.
With the course relatively flat (for the run and ride) and with the swim being in the lake, Matt expects the conditions to be nice, flat and favourable for the beginners.
Organisers hope competitors bring their families for the weekend to enjoy the many cafes, wineries and towns in the region.
"This has a direct economic boost to the region over the weekend but also an indirect boost – as people discover what a beautiful area this is and will continue to come back for family holidays for years to come," Matt said.
It’s not too late to register for any of the events in the festival.
Visit www.sufferfesttri.com/nagambie.html for all race and event information and to register for one of the many courses on offer.