Biloela Bushrangers ready to go the distance
TRIATHLON: The Biloela Bushrangers will send a hardcore contingent of determined triathletes to the Sunshine Coast this weekend for a massive annual event.
The Mooloolooba Triathlon is the second-largest triathlon in Australia, an Olympic distance race consisting of a 1.5km ocean swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run.
This year is the event's 25th anniversary.
"It's an incredible achievement for anyone to attempt," Bushrangers president Lacreesha Trevithick said.
"This year there will be students from the high school competing as individuals and teams, and also many adult club members giving the Olympic distance triathlon a go."
Co-president Luke Trevithick, competing in his third Mooloolaba race, is aiming to beat his personal best, hoping for a time of under two hours 30 minutes.
Mother and daughter Nicki and Jessica Radke will compete for their second year in a row, along with Biloela State School teacher Kate Mauger.
Biloela Post Office owner Michaela Lawson will be taking on a leg of the team event, joined by Jade Rideout, Breanna Mauger, Bev Belnaves, Izabella Godwin, Candy Rideout, Meigan Marxsen, Melanie Plisch and Rob Walters.
"The dedication and work these people have put into their training is truly impressive, from early morning runs and rides to weekend brick sessions and squad swim training," Lacreesha said.
"It's a true testament to their fitness and athletic determination to compete in an event like this, and especially to do it as a group representing the town and our local triathlon club."
The main event will take place Sunday from 6.35am.
To download the Mooloolaba Triathlon app and track the athletes live, go to the Apple App Store or Google Play and search for Mooloolaba Triathlon.