Triathlons are not for the faint of heart.
Three disciplines bundled into one race is both a physical and mental challenge and this year the Port Macquarie Triathlon Club has introduced a new ‘social grade’.
It will help to ease people into the challenge and find a love for the sport.
The social grade is for anyone who is not particularly interested in competition points and just wants to enjoy the endorphins of being on course for a triathlon.
Club president Andrew Lister and the 2018/19 committee introduced the grade this year to encourage maximum fun and inclusiveness.
“If someone wants to use flippers in the swim, they can go ahead,” Lister said.
“If they want to miss the run leg, they can do so. If they want to use their kids’ BMX bike, they are more than welcome.
Anyone is welcome to participate in the social as well as competitive grades at the annual Come and Tri event on October 14 at McInherney Park.
The free event will be followed by an opportunity to meet club members over breakfast.
An orientation session will be held on October 13 to guide new competitors through the course as well giving some useful tips and tricks about bike and run transitions.
“So many of our members who have gone on to compete in the likes of Ironman here in Port Macquarie got their start at the Come and Tri,” Lister said.
“It is also a great way to stay fit and connect with a great community.”