A file photo from the 2010 Byron Bay Triathlon
A file photo from the 2010 Byron Bay Triathlon Marc Stapelberg

Newcomers invited to challenge themselves in Byron Triathlon

EVER fancied tackling the Byron Bay Triathlon, but scared of what lies ahead?

Well, now there's no more excuses.

Organisers have this year introduced a sprint triathlon - half the distance of the race's traditional Olympic distance - for any newcomers to the sport.

Event and administrator manager Sebastien Krantz said he hoped the new event would be a hit.

"It's probably more for beginners who might be a bit daunted by the Olympic race," he said.

"It's always a wonderful event and we hope this helps."

The Olympic event sees contestants cover a 1.5km swim ocean swim, before tackling a 40km bike ride.

A 10km run will round things off.

About 300 people have signed up for the event, with about 1800 places available.

The two-day event, which incorporates a course around the town, will again feature a junior aquathon and the main triathlon.

Day two will include the short Heart Starter race - a 1.5km run and swim.

A 5km run and a special Mother's Day 5km walk will also be held.

"Why should you compete?" Krantz said. "It's Byron Bay - isn't that enough?

"It is an event that opens up everything Byron has to offer.

"It's great fun and we hope as many people as possible sign up."

Registrations are available until two weeks before the start of the race, but anyone interested is advised to sign up as soon as possible.

Get involved

What: Byron Bay Tri & Multisport Festival

When: Saturday/Sunday, May 10-11

How to enter: http://www.byronbaytri.com.au.

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