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2014 Michael Martin Team Triathlon Challenge

Time to unpack the wetsuit, pump up your tyres and dust off your runners its finally Triathlon season! As always the Dubbo Triathlon Club will kick off the season with the annual Michael Martin Team Triathlon Challenge.

The challenge is an annual event commemorating the memory of Michael Martin, a well-known local who was heavily involved with the club who passed away after a battle with cancer.

Happening on Sunday October 12 at Ollie Robbins Oval (near the boat ramp), registrations will be from 2:45pm with the race commencing after a compulsory race brief at 3:30pm.

The entry fee is $30 per team and there will be a bbq afterwards with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council, the peak non-government cancer organisation in Australia. The Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of cancer to Australians, through successful prevention, best treatment and support.

Teams are made up of up to three people each who complete a different leg of the race (swim, ride or run) to be in the running for the Michael Martin Team Challenge perpetual trophy, which is awarded on the day.

The winner determined not by the team with the fastest time but the team that knows their game best and finishes closest to their nominated time without the assistance of GPS devices (including smart phones). Any use of GPS devices will disqualify you from winning. Last years winners were 13 seconds off their time with 2nd place close behind with 15 seconds (both teams made up of all women…)

If you have been thinking about getting involved in Triathlon this is the perfect day for it. There are two distances offered on the day which cater for all levels:

  • Sprint: 500m swim | 18km ride | 4km run
  • Mini sprint: 500m swim | 9km ride | 2km run

If you are having trouble finding someone for a leg of the race don’t let that stop you from coming there will be members of the Dubbo Triathlon Club committee on hand to fill in on the day. If you want to confirm a member before the day then just get in touch with Club President Ian Crafter via email – info@dubbotriathlonclub.com.au

The focus of the day is on having fun and getting involved and raising money for a worthy cause close to everyone’s heart and we hope to see as many old and new faces there as possible.

2013 winners: Michelle Fuller, Ann Clark and Catherine Fuller - image courtesy of the Daily Liberal
2013 winners: Michelle Fuller, Ann Clark and Catherine Fuller – image courtesy of the Daily Liberal

Welcome to a new season!

Welcome to new Triathlon season and we are continuing our theme of fun in a supportive environment.

We have eight local Club races PLUS our new EMS Tri Charity in late November. In addition, there are another four regional InterClub sprint distance events we encourage our members to join in on at Mudgee, Orange, Cowra and Bathurst and one extra Olympic distance triathlon in Orange in February. That is a total of 14 races within 200km of Dubbo.
Once you become a member of Dubbo Triathlon Club it will:
  1. Cover you with insurance all over the world in sanctioned triathlon races,
  2. Issue you with a great Dubbo Triathlon Club shirt
  3. Offer weekly skills and technique assistance during the season,
  4. Email you a monthly newsletter
  5. Allocate all new members with a buddy to help you integrate easier
  6. Allow you to accumulate points for our annual Club Championship and associated Club trophies
Dubbo Triathlon Club are also key supporters of the Dubbo Runners Club and Friday Afternoon Aquathon who have a weekly Friday afternoon 3km handicap run. We will recommence the Friday Afternoon river swim in October.
Our Club Captain, Len Darlington, is the coordinator of the above two weekly Friday events and it is followed up by a BBQ in a family atmosphere. What a way of finishing a week meeting new like minded people with a bit of exercise and a laugh. Len can also inform you of all the other training sessions and skills sets Dubbo Triathletes are involved in throughout the week.
Our club caters for novices to elites but our key objectives is on our local Club events and making sure we can all have a bit of fun while enjoying a great way of life getting fitter. It also creates a pathway for the more serious triathletes to progress, whether a junior or a mature beginner, onto the bigger platforms at Regional, State, National and International stages of both triathlon and duathlon (run, bike, run).
St George Bank are continuing this season as naming right sponsors. Over the next two weeks we will announce our new sponsors who will assist you and the Club.
We are extremely well served this season by an almost brand new Committee of Susan Madden, Secretary, the veteran Greg Heath as Treasurer, Len Darlington, Club Captain,  Paige Williams, Marketing and Communications, Scott Stevenson and David Gerrish, Marshall Coordinators and Rob Duffy and Dave Little Committee. We must thank the long term retiring veteran Secretary Pete Christie for his tireless contribution to our Club for the last 25+ years. Pete, a Life Member, will remain in the Club hopefully to compete a bit more.
Over the next two months we hope to complete new steps into our river to improve accessibility and safety. We are a Club moving forward.
Join in and ask your friends to come along and be a part of it.
Ian Crafter
Club President