With record entries and two world qualifying events the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival was declared a great success by the organizing committee, officials and athletes.
The festival attracted more than 1000 competitors across the weekend with many of them from interstate and a sprinkle of overseas athletes.
Many of the athletes tackled the unique cross border triathlon course for the first time and promised to be back again next year.
Despite the some windy conditions late in the afternoon the triathlon events proceeded on the Saturday afternoon from the Mulwala Waterski Club. The swim component of the triathlon was held in the protected waters in front of the club’s holiday park, the bike leg reached 10km out on Spring Drive while the run course crossed the bridge and meandered along the Yarrawonga foreshore.
The Sunday fun runs resumed their normal format on Sunday morning on the Yarrawonga Foreshore in more favourable conditions.
Triathlon Victoria General Manager Grant Cosgriff praised local organisers of the event.
“The event would not be possible without the leadership of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Splash & Dash committee who again showed this year they can run a successful event.”
Mr Cosgriff said competitors were again impressed with the course and the ski club location for the event village.
One such competitor was Peter Smith from Adelaide who has competed in more than 700 triathlons all over the world.
“I was unsure where Yarrawonga Mulwala was but when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised,” Peter said.
“In my opinion this event is one of the best events I have competed in. I have been all over the world participating in events and this is up there with the best.
“It takes three things to make a great event. Great organization, a great course and a great venue and this event has it all,” he said.
No-one was happier with the weekend than Japanese competitor Nuru Sami who won the ITU Sprint Draft Legal World Qualifier in an impressive 56 minutes with a 9 minute and 30 second 750m swim, a 34 minute 20km bike ride and a 19.30 minute 10km run. Melbournian Jo Ritsun won the women’s sprint in a sizzling 1 hour and 7 minutes.
In the Olympic (standard) distance it was Mitchell Kibby from Mentone who won in 1 hour and 51 minutes with a 19.13 1,500m swim, a 57 minute 40km bike ride and a 33 minute 10km run. Renee Kiley won the women’s in 2 hours and 16 minutes.
Committee member Jared Loughnan said the event will attract more than 2,000 people including athletes, support crews and volunteers from all over Australia injecting more than $2 million into the local economy.
“Our partnership with Triathlon Victoria has seen the event become more sustainable, attractive and rewarding for competitors, local businesses, residents and sponsors,” he said.