The Wollongong Triathlon Festival is a celebration of health, fitness, and family which takes place in March each year. Races are available for all abilities and ages, and individuals as well as groups are welcome to join in the event.
Some of the most popular activities include the Super Spring triathlon, as well as the Standard and Sprint distances. Kids aged 7 to 11 years old can join the Miniman aquathon events as well. The distances covered include: 200m + 8km + 2km, 750m + 20km + 5km, and 1.5km + 40km + 10km.
For the swim leg, participants can use any kind of swimming stroke provided that it doesn’t interfere with other swimmers. Water safety will be provided in the form of boards and boats, and swimmers are welcome to rest on boards if you need to catch your breath – there will be no penalty for resting during a swim. With regards to the costume, you may wear a swimsuit or not, but this decision is best made on the day of the triathlon itself as it will be dependent on the temperatures of the water. If the water is below 22 degrees, you may wear a wetsuit if you’d like. Wave starts ensure that swimmers are spread out in the water, and the size of the wave is around 50 competitors a few minutes apart. The swim cap is given during the registration process and it is required to wear the cap because its colour indicates your wave start.
For the bike leg, bikers will need to bring their own bikes as these will not be provided. Many types of bikes are suitable for the event including cruisers, mountain bikes, and ultra fast road racing bikes. Most importantly, ensure that the bike you use is safe and roadworthy. Officials from Triathlon Australia will be checking the bikes as you enter the transition area. Bikers should also take note that it is mandatory to wear a helmet that meets Australian Standards; helmets will also be checked by Triathlon Australia officers. Cycle specific clothing is welcome, provided the torso is covered; then you may change into running gear.
For the run leg, runners have the option of walking if you are unable to run the entire distance. Headphones will not be allowed at any part of the race. The run aid stations will have Vaseline for runners in case of chafing. Make sure to get some sunscreen at the medical tent before the race starts to prevent sunburn.
First-timers are encouraged to join this free triathlon, but with a limited capacity of 200, it’s best to register ahead of time. The Wollongong Triathlon Festival takes place at the Wollongong City blue mile.