SIX Echuca-Moama tri club members will be trading the river for the sea when they tackle the Noosa Triathlon Multisport festival on November 6.
The annual five-day hallmark event is an irresistible mix of sport and entertainment that culminates in the feature event, an Olympic distance triathlon.
Each member has their own reason for attending and for 31-year-old Brad Murphy it is a race he has always wanted to compete in.
‘‘This is my first Olympic distance race although I have done a half and full ironman before. I thought I would have a bit of a holiday at the same time and the way my training has been going, I am definitely treating it more like a holiday then a race,’’ he laughed.
Murphy has been involved in triathlon since 2013 and he said he enjoys all aspects of the sport.
‘‘I enjoy training for all three disciplines and I also love the feeling of accomplishment when I get over the finishing line.’’
Jeremy Walker said he is looking forward to the atmosphere and pitting himself against the best in his age group.
‘‘I am going there to race and the Olympic distance is a good distance to test yourself for the longer races,’’ Walker said.
Walker is hoping to complete the 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run in just over two hours.
‘‘If I can do it around 2.10 or just under I will be very happy. There are four waves in my age group so it is going to be very competitive. I have been focusing my training around doing well in this race so we will see what happens.’’
Walker is also hoping to do well in this year’s Victorian Premier Series.
‘‘I would have won my age group last season if I didn’t enter the open category so that is my focus this year.’’
Sam and Georgie Kennedy competed in the triathlon last year and are returning again.
For Sam it’s all about trying to beat his wife’s swim leg while for Georgie, she just wants to place higher than her husband.
The couple joke about their rivalry but they both agree the race has a fantastic atmosphere.
‘‘This is the one event I am doing this year aside from some of the smaller local races and I just want to see if I can do better than last year,’’ Georgie said.
Sam said the trip away also provides their family with a great opportunity to have an active holiday.
‘‘I don’t have any times in mind, I will just see what happens on race day,’’ Sam said.