Cooloola Schools Triathlon time
THEY may not have the world-class athletes of the Noosa Triathlon, but the Cooloola Schools Triathlon is just as competitive and a lot more fun.
More than 350 primary and secondary school students have entered tomorrow's race, the biggest in the triathlon's history.
Race co-ordinator Sherene Moy said the event just keeps growing and is almost getting too big.
“We are the only triathlon in the Gympie Region and the only schools triathlon in the whole of Wide Bay,” Moy said.
“We have more than 100 teams entering and 40 individual entries.”
The Gympie South State School physical education teacher said the triathlon was a fun way for kids to try the multi-sport event.
Competitors are stagger started to avoid congestion in the Tin Can Bay pool, before heading out along the Tin Can Bay waterfront on their bikes.
After the young athletes finish the ride, competitors are sent back along the esplanade on foot.
Moy said there were four different age groups and competitors needed to be at Norman Point for registration and numbering at 7am.
The race briefing was at 7.30am and the race kicked off at 8am.
A competitor's bus leaves for Tin Can Bay at 6am from the bus stop in Jaycee Way, Gympie.