Two new event categories will be added to The West Australian Race Around Rottnest’s race repertoire this weekend.
Now in its third year, the Race Around Rottnest has previously consisted of a one-kilometre ocean swim, 16.5-kilometre bike, a six-kilometre paddle and a seven-kilometre trail run.
This year, the organisers have given competitors the option to drop the paddle leg and instead enter into either an off-road triathlon category or an Olympic distance, road-based triathlon.
“The Olympic-distance triathlon is a perfect training event for those looking to compete in the summer triathlon season,” says event director David Sierakowski. The new off-road triathlon category is open to both solo competitors and teams. Lovers of the swim-bike-paddle-run scenario are assured that the original adventure race isn’t going anywhere, they are simply expanding their horizons.
“We have listened to feedback and created an option for competitors who want to do three legs. The Adventure Race is once again returning to the event, offering competitors an added challenge of a long or short paddle leg,” Sierakowski says.
The conditions on Rottnest are said to be perfect for surf ski or stand-up paddleboard craft. The area is renowned for it’s crystal-clear water and ‘tropical holiday’ vibe, but if more incentive is required, organisers have guaranteed that this year’s prizes will be something else. Sierakowski informs us, “We’ve set up challenges with great prizes to drive some extra competition between teams, corporates and surf life saving clubs.”
What: Adventure race/off road triathlon/Olympic distance triathlon
Where: Rottnest Island, Western Australia
When: 17 October 2015