Competitors at this year's Stanthorpe Australia Day Triathlon.
Competitors at this year's Stanthorpe Australia Day Triathlon. contributed

Entries open for Australia Day triathlon

Stanthorpe's Australia Day Triathlon will be back in full force next month.

Committee member Dan Cuthbert said he was looking forward to the event, in its fifth year in Stanthorpe.

"It's based at the pool,” Cuthbert said.

Cuthbert said it wasn't a highly competitive day, but was always a fun, energetic way to spend Australia Day.

"The main aim of the event is to just encourage people to come and have a go,” Cuthbert said.

"We don't have any winners on the day”

He said teams were "most welcome” to take part.

The races will be segregated by two age categories.

"There will be under-12s and opens,” Cuthbert said.

If preferred, he said the under-12s could opt to take part in the swim and run only, without the cycling component.

As long as they're able to take part in the events, he said there was no age limit to the triathlon.

"Anyone can take part,” he said.

Cuthbert said the junior category would involve a 4km run, 1km cycle and 100m swim.

The open competitors will face a 400m swim, 10km cycle and 3.5km run.

Cuthbert welcomed the community's ongoing enthusiasm for the event.

"This will be the fifth year,” he said.

He said they kept running the event because the community continually supported it, and this had seen about 100 competitors in previous years.

He said the other committee members involved with organising the event were Craig Magnussen and Michael Smail.

The triathlon will take place in Stanthorpe on Thursday, January 26.

Entries will be accepted until the day prior to the event.

For an entry form, find Stanthorpe Australia Day Triathlon on Facebook.

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