The eighth Michael Huntley Memorial Triathlon takes place at Anakiwa in the Queen Charlotte Sound on Sunday, with a variety of challenges for multisporters of differing abilities.
There is a long and a sprint triathlon on offer, the long event comprising a 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, the sprint version a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. There is also an option for those who don't want to get wet. The long duathlon is staged over a 10km run, 40km cycle and 5km run course, with a sprint version covering a 5km run, 20km cycle and 2.5km run to the finish line. Juniors are also catered for, the under-17 athletes having a 200m swim around the jetty to begin, followed by a 7km cycle and a 2km run to the line.
Organiser Ryan Lock said this was an important date on the multisport calendar as it was the only standard distance triathlon held in the region. He was hoping for a good turnout of younger competitors, with the club's growing focus on up and coming athletes. In a small change, this year the duathlon will be held as a separate event with a trophy for the victor.
Originally held at Delta Lake, the event now has a permanent home at Anakiwa and it doubles as the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club Champs.
Entries are accepted on the day, from 8.30am, or can be registered online at marlboroughmulti sport.wordpress.com. The event, organised by Bike Fit and the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club, starts at 9.30am.
Last year multisport aces Jeremy McKenzie and Almuth Waechter scored back-to-back wins at Anakiwa. McKenzie notched a repeat of his 2012 triumph, covering the 15oom swim/40km cycle/10km run course in 2hr 5min 30.5sec to take out the open men's grade. He led from start to finish to prevail comfortably over Dave Grono who recorded 2:19.20.5. Whether McKenzie will defend his crown on Sunday is unclear as he recovers from the rigours of the GodZone race.
In perfect conditions with mild temperatures and almost no wind, Waechter was the fastest woman home in 2013, recording 2:31.15.8. She will try for a three-peat on Sunday.
- The Marlborough Express