Following its 20th anniversary in 2015, the iconic Byron Bay Triathlon is bringing a new look, new website, new locations, and revitalised event in 2016 to honour another great 20 years of racing and community coming together.
Traditionally the last Olympic-distance race on the Queensland and New South Wales triathlon calendar, the Byron Tri is scheduled on Mothers Day weekend each year, with this event being held on 7 May 2016.
The Byron Tri is renowned by Australians as a ‘must-do’ event and is the pinnacle of high-quality sport in an unbeatable location.
Race director Mike Crawley says that the refreshed logo and website are the beginnings of an effort to return the Byron Tri back to its roots: ‘With its sublime surf culture, the iconic bay, and a host of colourful characters, Byron is truly a must-visit destination for both Australians locally, and interstate’. And competitors just love it.
‘Having the triathlon in this environment creates an event and celebration of sport uniquely Byron and something really special.’
The Olympic-distance event attracts more than 1,000 competitors from across South-East Asia each year and is regarded by many as unique, and one of the friendliest triathlons on the coast.
Competitors enjoy a 1.5km ocean swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay; a 40km* cycle past canefields, rainforest, and coast; and a 10km run through the streets of the town and under the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Also part of the program is the Byron Coastal Aquathon, an event directed at children between the ages of seven and 15.
The Aquathon allows for kids of all abilities to compete and have fun in a run-swim-run format on the beach.
‘The kids’ program is a crowd favourite every year,’ says Mike. ‘It’s important to support the community and we hope to see a big group of local youngsters on the beach come race day.
‘We encourage families and participants to make a weekend of it and enjoy an unforgettable event in this wonderful location.’
Entries are open now at www.byronbaytri.com.au.