Why just watch? You can race the Triathlon World Champs!
23 May 2012
Why Just Watch? You can race the Triathlon World Champs!
The Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final is coming to town and now you can be a part of it!
We've created two special 'Curtain Raiser' races so that anyone who wants to can experience the thrill of racing in a World Champs event (except it's for fun!). Whether you're an experienced triathlete or a triathlon novice, you'll want to be part of it. These races provide a unique opportunity to race on the World Champs course in the heart of Auckland City that the world's best race on later in the day. The races will take place before the Women's Elite race on Saturday and again before the Men's Elite race on Sunday. But don't worry, you'll be finished in time for a quick shower, a bite to eat and then back to watch the main event!
The format is a short and sharp '3:5:3' distance, a 300m swim, 5km bike and a 3km run, with racing as fast or friendly as you want to make it. You can either race Solo and claim all the glory for yourself, or race with your mates (where each team member completes a 300m swim, 5km cycle and 3km run then tags the next team-mate) in a 'see who can do the best time' tag-team format. And for those teams looking for the extra edge, Team Gold Packages are also available, including your own elite triathlete as a coach such as Cameron Brown or Jo Lawn!
All you need to do is choose your wave start category, so you can start and race against others with similar abilities. Choose from the following wave start categories;
1. The Contenders - ‘Watch out Hamish Carter I’m coming after you’
2. Young Guns – ‘We’re lean, mean, and under 19 ’
3. The Pretenders – ‘I’m here for a good time and I will be a long time’
4. The Stoners – ‘I swim like a stone and I’m bringing my flippers’ And yes we will allow flippers in this wave start
The 3:5:3 Solo Tri will take place on Saturday 20 October, and the 3:5:3 Teams Tri on Sunday 21 October.
The 2012 Triathlon World Champs is going to be the biggest 3 days of Triathlon racing New Zealand has ever seen, and the buzz you'll get from racing through downtown Auckland in front of huge local crowds makes this 'bucket-list' event something to experience first-hand, not just from the sidelines! All you'll need is a wetsuit (limited rentals available), any form of bike and some runners.