As The Rock gets set to host a crucial penultimate round of the Riverina Tri-Series on Sunday, organisers say interest in the event is well ahead of where it was last year.
With just two events remaining, the competition is heating up with $1000 up for grabs for the men’s and women’s series winners.
West Wyalong teenager Ben Cattle is tied with Wagga’s Dan Judd at the top of the men’s standings while Morven’s Sarah Finlay holds a two-point lead in the women’s series.
But organiser Michael Mazzocchi said the event is also about participation and they’re encouraging entries from all ages and ability.
“Last year we had about 156 entrants,” Mazzocchi said.
“Our numbers are approximately double where we were at this stage last year.
“There’s been a lot of interest in the kids and the younger ages. It’s a growing sport.”
The juniors and Try Triathlon events cover approximately half the distance of the Opens event, with a 500m run to start followed by a 12km ride, a 100m swim and another 2.5km run to finish.
The unorthodox order of events is designed to stretch out the competitors before the swim leg to avoid congestion in the pool.
Registrations are available on the day but the club wants to see competitors get in early and take advantage of discounted earlybird entry fees.
Numbers will be boosted by The Rock-Yerong Creek football club, with participation in the triathlon a compulsory element of pre-season training.
The Tri-Series wraps up in Narrandera on March 13.