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The thought of completing a triathlon for the first time can be really daunting. If you’re not sure you want to plunge head first into a standard triathlon (that’s a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, FYI), there are shorter, dare we say fun, options that will ease you in.
Here are five triathlon variations happening around Australia to get involved with…
1. Coles Bay Sprint
The Coles Bay sprint in Tasmania involves a 50m swim on Muirs Beach, a 20km bike ride and a five km run. You can enter individually or in teams. The sprint usually happens mid-February, and is along beautiful coastline at the northern edge of the Freycinet National Park (218km north east of Hobart and 202 km south east of Launceston.)
Entry fee for the Sprint Race will set you back around $90 (early bird) and you can sign up here.
2. SunSmart Women's Triathlon
The SunSmart Women's Triathlon is at Whitfords Nodes Beach Park in W.A. There are triathlons at this event for most fitness levels, but for beginners there's the mini triathlon, which is 150m swim, five km cycle and 1.5km run.
There's also a short triathlon, which is a 300m swim, seven km cycle and three km run. The event is held mid-March each year.
The fee for the mini is around $55 individual or $80 for teams. The short triathlon costs $70 for individuals and $90 for teams. Read more here.
3. Triathlon Pink
There are four levels of the Triathlon Pink to choose from, depending on how far you want to go. The perfect beginner triathlon is the short distance, a 100m swim three km bike ride and one km run or for a little more of a challenge, or you can do the medium course, which is a 200m swim, a six km ride, and a two km run.