The second running of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival on the weekend has been heralded a huge success by Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism.By Jared Loughnan
Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism (YMT) board member Jared Loughnan said the event which attracted around over 600 entries was again well received by competitors and businesses around town.
“Comments I received from various competitors and officials was extremely positive.
“We are very pleased to see the event heading for sustainable success and are confident it can be embedded into the national calendar of triathlons.
“To have a major event like this in our town has been a focus of the YMT Board.
“The economic benefit to the town as a result of this event was clearly measurable from the numbers of competitors and support crews,” Mr Loughnan said.
Triathlon Victoria CEO Simon Auty said the event was well received and “surpassed all expectations”.
Mr Auty predicts the festival will further grow next year particularly from NSW and Sydney.
“We had great feedback from the ten NSW triathlon clubs who had representatives at this year’s event. Some of these clubs have up to 600 members.”
Mr Auty also said that event could include a 5km and 10km swim next year and even a half marathon.
“These are ideas we are definitely exploring to grow the festival. We have the infrastructure in place and it would not add to much extra cost to introduce these events on the same weekend.”
Most of the participants in the Olympic Distance and Sprint Distance held on Sunday morning were from areas outside Yarrawonga Mulwala which pointed to a real positive economic benefit to Yarrawonga Mulwala.
There were competitors from Brisbane, Adelaide, Port Macquarie, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Gippsland and other areas of country Victoria.
Of the local competitors Stephanie Elliot finished first in the Dash for Cash 5km Event.
Phil and Val Smith, who provided the safety boats for the event, again watched their son Brian win the team event with locals Noel Skehan and Jed Mackin.
Meg O’Sullivan was again prominent finishing second in her class.
Noel Wright of YMT praised the volunteers and officials and also made special mention of the sponsors.
“It was a great job done by all and without them it would have been difficult to get the event up and going.
“YMT have already held discussions with Triathlon Victoria and X-Tri, the race director, and they are both very happy about the weekend turnout.”
Mr Wright said YMT will now endeavour to seek the feedback of a cross section of athletes that participated as to how to how the event could be improved for 2014.”
Victorian Olympic Distance State Championship - 1500m swim- 38.3km ride- 10km run
Men 1st Aaron Royle - 1 hour 49 minute and 51 seconds – (Swim 18:21, Cycle 58.27, Run 31.45)
Women 1st: Jenny Zenker – 2:02:15 – (Swim 20:37, Cycle 59.57, Run 39.55)
Team Yarra Yobbos – 2:01:0
Sprint Distance Triathlon - 750m swim- 23.8km ride- 5km run
Men 1st Caleb Noble – 1:05
Women 1st: Hayley Stanford
National Aquathon - 2.5 km run- 1000m swim- 2.5km run
Men 1st Aaron Royle - 32:30
Women1st: Sam Bennett 39:13
Long Course Aquathon -5km run x 2km swim x 5km run
Men 1st Richard Squires – 1:16:28
Women 1st: Natalie Methuen 1:28:30
5km Dash for Cash
Men 1st Aaron Royle – 16:15
Women 1st Steph Elliott – 19:05
What the elite said
Back after a racing packed weekend in Yarrawonga Mulwala. Did the 5km and Aquathon on the Saturday & Olympic distance today (Sunday). Beautiful part of the world.
Thanks for organising such a fantastic multisport weekend and to the Yarrawonga locals for allowing 1000 + triathletes in your town
“All in all it was a successful weekend. I found my mojo somewhere out the back of Yarrawonga, and I really enjoyed being out there amongst it all again.
Triathlon Victoria put on a great race, and thanks must go to all of the organisers and volunteers. It was one of the most professionally run and safest races that I have competed in. Congrats to all the other competitors who raced in one or all of the events over the weekend.
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