It was the second most popular Victor Triathlon Fun Run/Walk in the history of the event with more than 900 people taking part on Sunday, March 11.
There is no happier individual than race director Sid James, who is ecstatic at the continual support the event gains from the athletes, the community, council, volunteers and residents that are affected by road closures during the event.
“I cannot thank the residents of Encounter Lakes and Victor Harbor enough for their patience while the event was held on Sunday,” Sid said.
Although the event was a raging success attracting not just more than 900 competitors, but also bringing to the Fleurieu thousands of supporters to urge on their athlete, there was a major hiccup, which upset Sid.
“It was a very successful day, but there was a vital mishap, which I am disappointed occurred and disrupted commuters and residents in the area,” Sid said.
“The roads were closed earlier than scheduled and I am sorry for the inconvenience this caused and it will never happen again. I am so sorry.”
In the 24 year history of Victor Triathlon Fun Run/Walk, race director Sid James has witnessed the evolution of his event.
The best ever response had more than 1500 participate and this year’s entries equaled the second highest.
However, what pleased Sid the most was the number of interstate competitors, the success of the mini triathlon and the way the event caters for everyone.
“We had 103 competitors from interstate, which is so pleasing,” Sid said.
“The elite competitors are taking part in the Victor Triathlon because they rate the event and they are able to gain world championship points leading up tot he world championships on the Gold Coast later this year.
“The mini triathlon was a huge success with record numbers taking part and once again the event has proved popular for all ages and abilities.”
The Victor Triathlon was won by Steve McKenna in the male category and in the women Amber Pate took all before her to win her open category.
Results were - Open men 1st Steve McKenna 1 hour:52 minutes:33seconds, 2nd Jack Tierney 1:53:06, Sam Tebeck 1:54:07.5.
Open women 1st Amber Pate 2:10:45.3, Erin Snelgrove 2:13:32.7, Hailey Mason 2:18:13.7.
Since 1993 thousands of competitors have taken part in the Victor Harbor Standard Distance Triathlon. It is known for its safe and challenging course, the undulating roads are closed for this Australian Triathlon Series Event, and wind through some of Victor’s beautiful countryside. The sea-water lake provides a one of a kind triathlon experience.
The Standard (formally Olympic distance) Distance Triathlon consists of a 1500 metre swim, 2 x 20km loop cycle course into the countryside towards Inman Valley, on a closed road of all traffic except cyclists for safety and the run course consists of 2 x 5km loop course, around the outside of the Encounter Lakes housing estate including the seafront views.
Other categories include sprint distance triathlon, short course triathlon, adults mini triathlon, kids mini triathlon, 5km fun run and 10km fun run.