Bring kids for family run

A young entrant gets a high five as he crosses the finish line in the 2017 triathlon.

A young entrant gets a high five as he crosses the finish line in the 2017 triathlon.

The Forbes triathlon is on Sunday and organisers are encouraging parents to bring the kids along to try the Mini-Crocs event. 

Entry in the children’s event is free, and designed to give kids a taste of the three-discipline sport.

There’s a short “swim” leg, which is more like a splash through the water if you choose, a 1km bike ride and a 250m run. 

It’s all designed to be child and family friendly, you can turn up on the day between 10 and 10.30am to sign up and be part of it.

Scooters and tricyles are welcome, and parents can support their children.

Forbes Running and Triathlon Club’s Nick Turner says the course is looking good as the event draws closer.

Recent rains have the Forbes Aquatic Centre looking nice and green, and there’s been fresh inflows to the Lake. 

The 2018 triathlon does have something for all levels of athlete, and action will get underway nice and early on Sunday.

Competitors in the long course, equal to a half Iron man, will be off about 6.30am with a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.

The two other levels of events are the Crocs Challenge, with a 750m swim, 30km bike and 7km run; and the Super Sprint which has a 250m swim, 10km bike ride and 2.5km run. 

Turner encourages people to give the event a try, having all the professional gear really isn’t necessary.

“It’s about participating,” he said.

“Whatever bike you’ve got in the shed, pump up the tyres and flick the redbacks off.” 

The bike course is a nice flat run out the Bedgerabong road and the run leg is also a nice flat track around Lake Forbes.

The location is green and shady and very pleasant, Turner said.

Kayakers are out on the Lake during the swim to support swimmers if needed, he added. 

With entry competitively priced, the event is attracting triathlon enthusiasts from across the state.

Entries have come in from Canberra, Canterbury, Albion Park, Bathurst, Dubbo and Cootamundra.

Orange’s Jess Richards, who has won the women’s title the past two years, is returning to defend her title. 

“Thanks for a great day out!” Jess wrote to Forbes Running and Tri Club. “I love the run along the water and parks.” 

The aquatic centre is closed to other users from 6am to 2pm on Sunday.

Regular visitors will have noticed that facilities at the ski dam are getting an upgrade, with a new barbecue already installed and much more planned.

Forbes Shire Council has announced plans for new and extended playground equipment and upgraded amenities.