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Triathlon Festival Welcomes New Sponsor

The Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival is celebrating its 23 consecutive annual event this year by introducing its new naming rights sponsor, Coral Sea Marina Resort.

Organisers say the new partnership represents a “sensational fit for our multi-sports event consisting of swim, cycle and run.”

“The entire Whitsunday community will benefit with this new lease of life partnership as our naming sponsor,” said President of Whitsunday Triathlon Club Michael Kimpton.

“This year we have a passionate committee and enthusiastic group of members who have decided to run the event in-house.

“Over the years we have collected the infrastructure and equipment which gives us a great base structure to set up the event.

“Everyone from the novice, the age grouper, the team player, pro and elite athletes will have a race to fit their style.”

The Airlie Triathlon Festival will take place over two days, with the kids and juniors competing on Saturday 29 July and adults on Sunday 30 July.  

Michael Kimpton said that a highlight this year will be the juniors’ races on the Saturday afternoon.

Youngsters from the age of 5 to 15, will receive race bags including their race apparel, and will then be encouraged to swim, splash or walk in the safety of the lagoon.

They will then run on the safe boardwalk to Coral Sea Marina Resort, and transit to their bikes (trainer wheels, BMXs, handlebar streamers all accepted) to be cheered along a similar route.

“The smile on their faces as they are cheered on through the finisher’s arch to be presented with their Finishers Medal, is just mind-blowing,” said Michael.

“No First places or disappointments; just massive achievement and encouragement for participating and finishing!”

The Race Precinct will be set up in the Broadwater Avenue carpark with as little disruption to the public as necessary.

The races will be a great spectacle for the public, with food vans and exciting activities for spectators during the event.

For any further encouragement or information, please visit the website or feel free to ring Michael, President of Whitsunday Triathlon Club on 0417 717 818.

This year will be the 23rd annual Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival. Photo supplied

President of the Whitsunday Triathlon Club, Michael Kimpton and Joscelyn O’Keefe, Head of Marketing and Business Development for Coral Sea Marina Resort celebrate the new partnership. Photo supplied

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