Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Splash and Dash in Agnes Triathlon

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Splash and Dash in Agnes Triathlon

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Byline: Rob Black in Agnes Water TRIATHLON

SWIMMING the equivalent of 15 laps of an Olympic pool, cycling 20km and then running a further 5km sounds like a slog, but in the world of triathlon it's called short-course, or splash and dash.

The Agnes Water Triathlon this Sunday will be a bit of sprint for the experts, though an endurance test for mere mortals. However, the beautiful Discovery Coast is a pretty nice place to be exercising.

When Gold Coast's Emma Snowsill swam, cycled and ran away with the gold medal in Beijing last month, it was over the Olympic triathlon distance of 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. And when competitors line up for the most famous of triathlons, the Hawaiian Ironman, they face a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, followed by a marathon run, 42.2km.

So, on Sunday, the 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run will be a walk in the park for some, a real splash and dash sprint from Agnes Water Beach out to Springs Beach and back - a couple of times! …

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