Whyalla Triathlon back on

CONTENDERS: Last year it was Aaron Morgan (middle) who won the Men's Triathlon in Whyalla for the second year in a row. Damien Baynes (right) was second and Ben Rowlands (left) was third. All three will be competing this year.
CONTENDERS: Last year it was Aaron Morgan (middle) who won the Men's Triathlon in Whyalla for the second year in a row. Damien Baynes (right) was second and Ben Rowlands (left) was third. All three will be competing this year.

Think you can run, ride and swim your way to victory?

Well you can certainly give it a crack at the Whyalla Triathlon next Sunday, February 24.

There are four different length events for all ages and abilities ranging from the Kids 30 metre splash, 2 kilometre ride and 500 metre run to the Sprint distance, which includes a 750m open water swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run around the marina, up over Hummock Hill and along the foreshore.

The Sprint is long enough for the strongest of athletes but a good challenge for the novices with some training.  

Race organiser, Troy Brougham is finding it hard to control his excitement about the the men's Sprint race.

The top three finishers from last year, Aaron Morgan, Damien Baynes and Ben Rowlands are likely to be competing again.

The human version of a turbo diesel engine, Aaron Morgan from Port Augusta, winner in 2018 and 2019, would have to be the favourite again.

He is in good form and will be primed after competing in the Geelong Half Ironman the week before.

The 2017 winner and 2018 runner-up, Damien Baynes from Adelaide, desipite being very close to the big five-zero, can still get through the water like the younger guys then blow most away on the bike.

The local favourite ‘Mr Nice Guy’ and consistent high performer, Ben Rowlands, has continued to get stronger every year after finishing third behind Aaron and Damien last year and second behind Aaron the year before.  

Maybe his much younger legs will carry him to the top of the podium this year.  

In the women's race, last year's convincing winner from Streaky Bay, Sarah Brougham, will be competing again.

The deceptively strong cyclist, Courtney Moyle and the silky smooth swimmer, Mitchell Brougham will be the two locals out to challenge Sarah. 

A number of teams have entered and it is always interesting to see if they can match it with the best individuals. 

"The enticer event is a great introduction to the sport of triathlon with many previous participants stepping up to the Sprint distance this year," Mr Brougham said.

The kids events are always a highlight of the day for spectators with plenty of smiles and puffed faces when they cross the finish line. 

Enter online at www.whyalla ​triathlon.weebly.com or on the day from 7.00am with the pre-race briefing at 8.15am and kids in the water first at 8.30am followed by the adults at 9.30am.