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Juniors give triathlon their best shot

Young triathletes put their bodies to the test on Saturday in the first running of Benalla's children's triathlon.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 31, 2013 4:05am

Lily Cooke takes on the children's triathlon in Benalla on Saturday.

Young triathletes were able for the first time get into the fun of the Benalla Triathlon on Saturday.

This year, the club decided to host a shortened event for children aged seven to 11 years old and about 25 children promptly took up the challenge.

‘‘It was a category that’s been missing in previous years and we had a lot of requests asking for a kids’ event,’’ Benalla Tri Club’s Jim Moll said.

‘‘We thought, there is a lot of interest in having something for the younger kids and let’s have a go at it and meet the demand.

‘‘It gives those younger kids something to do for the day rather than sitting and looking. Now they can have a go and it is a bit of an introduction to the sport and have a bit of fun.

‘‘There was a fair bit of support from the crowd, so I think it will certainly be something we will do next year.’’

This was the only event for the day to begin with the traditional swim, after council ruled the water quality of the Benalla Lake made it unsuitable to swim in.

The water at Benalla Aquatic Centre pool was churned up as all the competitors dived in simultaneously for the 50m swim, then they ran to the bike transition area near Fawckner Dve, which would have added a little bit of distance.

They then faced a 1km bike ride and a 500m run.

The leaders powered through the circuit, with the first competitors hitting the line after about seven minutes.

‘‘We didn’t plan on timing that one, it was just a fun event, it wasn’t officially timed,’’ Moll said.

‘‘Next year it will be, but this year it wasn’t officially timed.’’

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