Warrnambool will be home for USA International Professional Triathletes as they descend on the region for a training and racing weekend at the Warrnambool Sufferfest Multisport Festival 19-20 March 2016.
The International Triathletes will join local and interstate triathletes in the race format RUSHFEST as part of the Warrnambool Sufferfest Festival. RUSHFEST racing is an exciting 2-race format, consisting of a fast and furious 250m swim, 6km ride and 1.5km run. Competitors race twice in the bid to be crowned the overall winner - an exhilarating race for both competitors and spectators.
USA National Development Head Coach Jarod Evans will be bringing a team of up-coming triathletes to the region to stay at the Deakin Warrnambool Campus and will put them through their paces while here.
“We are really excited to be coming to Warnambool for the RUSHFEST event. When we were originally looking for a training base in Victoria, we were also looking at training events that we could work in to our timeline and the RUSHFEST event and also the draft legal format fitted our requirements perfectly.” Mr Evans said of his reason to bring his team to Warrnambool.
The USA Triathlon Team visiting will include a number of top professional triathletes including US Mens top ranked Kevin McDowell and Womens Number 4 ranked Renee Tomlin, along with young up and coming 1st and 2nd year triathletes making their way through the ranks.
“Most of the 10 member team will arrive from the Mooloolaba World Cup with other team members flying in directly from the US. As part of the teams preparations for the upcoming New Plymouth World Cup, the Gold Coast World Triathlon Series event and our last round of Olympic Trials in May in Yokohama, basing ourselves in Geelong and on the west coast provided us with the perfect training ground and it also gave us great ‘local’ racing options like RUSHFEST" Evans said.
This is a fantastic opportunity for triathletes to see some of the best in the world in action, and will form part of an exciting and fun weekend of racing. Other events over the Sufferfest weekend include the Sufferfest Long Course, Sprint & Olympic Distance, Kids and All Ability Triathlons plus running events including Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Fun Runs.
“It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of racing, we’ve received lots of support from Triathlon Clubs, organisations and the local community, and we simply can’t wait to showcase the event this year.” Event organiser Scott Hollow said ahead of the weekend festival.
The Warrnambool Sufferfest that has been popular since its inception in 2013, with pro’s and age groupers alike traveling down the surf coast to tackle this challenging event. The event sits nicely as a lead in to Ironman Port Macquarie and Cairns, and a fantastic location for a multi-sport event for the whole family to enjoy.
For more info check out SUFFERFEST