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Please note: Entrants after 7 October will not be guaranteed a finisher’s shirt.
For more information before entering, visit the Events page.
People have been asking me for several weeks to write a bit of an introduction. I must admit that I have found it hard to sit down and type about myself but here it goes.
I’m honoured to be the next custodian of the Nepean Triathlon and thank Long term Race organisers, Warwick Brennan, Gordon Bell, Steve Payne and Jenni Payne who have handed over the reigns, but kindly stuck around to help me get through this first year. It will be great to see them all on the start line in 2018 having all given between 10-25 years to running the race.
I was introduced to triathlon as a competitor about 12 years ago. Having manned an aid station on the old course as a junior cricketer for emu plains cricket club in the 90’s, I grew up wanting to do this race. I’ve only missed one in the last 10 years after the birth of twin girls 2 years ago. I still remember my first Nepean, the camaraderie in training with some of my best mates and racing them on the day. I know for a huge chunk of the field, the Nepean will be their ‘A race’ for the season, maybe their first triathlon even. It is easy to take for granted the fact that this race is the oldest triathlon in Australia and one of the countries most iconic triathlon events. You only have to look at the list of former winners. There are not many ‘names’ missing!
For those first timers, be warned-This race has proven the gateway to longer races for many. Having done five iron distance races since my first Nepean, I still remember how ridiculous it seemed to call a race a ‘sprint’, when it had a ‘massive’ 750m swim.
Having been president of Panthers Tri Club for 3 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to see things from behind the scenes but still remain in awe at the scaling and costings of this event. Please know (and remember) that this event is a not-for-profit, community run event. All people organising the weekend are volunteers and are doing this on top of full time jobs. The event this year has attracted over sixty thousand dollars in community based sponsorship and a government grant. It’s only because of this, that we are able to keep the race as affordable as it is. Please have a good look at the sponsors list and make sure that you support them with your custom, wherever possible.
Please be patient with me this year and forgive me if I make an error somewhere. Drop me an email and give me some constructive feedback after the race. If I have stuffed up somehow and can fix it, I will. I’ve had many sleepless nights over things like quantities and sizings for the event shirts. I know how ripped off you can feel when you get an ordinary size. What I never appreciated before, was that the shirt had to be ordered 20 weeks before I had even entered the race. Like everyone, I’m keeping my fingers crossed on sizing this year. Preference will be given to those who entered earliest. Maybe people can take this into consideration next year and enter early, reducing the game of semi-educated calculations.
Please ensure that everyone is thankful and respectful towards the large group of volunteers that will run the weekend. Know that collectively, several hundred hours of preparation are going into a race for people that will last somewhere between 30 and 180minutes, depending on the distance they are completing.
Enjoy your last 3 weeks of preparation. I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable race and thank you for your support for this year’s Nepean Triathlon Weekend.
Nepean Triathlon Race Director
The Nepean Triathlon Committee is proud to announce a professional prize purse of up to $26,000 encompassing:
Place getters for male and female Pro races:
Leg Primes-Paid to the fastest male and female split for each leg:
nb. Primes are for the fastest split for the male and female category’s for each individual leg.
* 6th and 7th places will only be paid if 10 or more athletes from this category finish the race
For pro’s traveling from afar, please contact us regarding the possibility of some accommodation at email@example.com. We will help out where we can.
Current Panthers Triathlon Club President Chris Joseph is excited to take on the leadership of the Nepean Triathlon weekend races. Chris, who is involved with organising club races and the NSW All Schools Triathlon has volunteered to continue the oldest triathlon in the country, this year celebrating its 36th anniversary race.
Long term Race organisers, Warwick Brennan, Gordon Bell, Steve Payne and Jenni Payne will assist and advise Chris in staging this year’s race.
Chris’s main aim is to continue the tradition of providing a well run, very high value race for competitors with the race continuing to be a highlight race on the Australian triathlon calendar.
With just over two weeks to the Nepean Weekend of Triathlon just some things to take note of leading into the event.
Entries still open!
We still have space in the Nepean Triathlon and Enticer 3, however Enticer 1 & 2 are full. Entries close for all events on Wednesday, 19 October.
A comprehensive race instructions for both Nepean and the Enticers will be emailed to all competitors during the week leading up to the race weekend.
Should you have any health issues or allergies that a medical professional should be aware of, please complete details in the section provided on the back of your race chest number. Chest numbers will be in your registration pack collected at the venue prior to the event.
Matt Harris, will be back behind the mic again as MC for both the Nepean and Enticer races keeping you across all the action and calling you across the finish line.
Age group awards – A big thank you to Brooks for providing all age group winners in Nepean Triathlon a $200 Brooks voucher.
Latest news and race updates can be seen on www.nepeantriathlon.com.au
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Entries Filling Quick
Enticer Race 1 and Enticer Race 2 are now full. We are still taking entries for Enticer Race 3 and the Nepean Triathlon. You must have entered by the end of the month to have your first name printed on your chest number. Enter here >
Confirmed Entrant Listings
A reminder that the Confirmed Entrants have been posted on the website. Please check your age category or if you have entered the ‘Mates Wave’. Those entered in ‘Mates Wave’ are not eligible for age group awards.
All courses are now on the race website including the slightly revised Nepean cycle course. View course maps >
All four race legends who have completed in all 34 Nepeans have entered for our 35th anniversary race. This has to be a world record competing the same triathlon for 34 years without missing a race!
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Nutrition Station Open water swim
The Nutrition Station Open water swim hosted by Nepean Aquatic Centre Swim Club is being held on the Nepean Triathlon weekend on Saturday 22nd October at 9am. There are 2 distances – 2.5km for 10-13 year olds and 5km for adults and those 12years and over. The event offers $4,500 in prize money thanks to race sponsors Nutrition Station, Dukes Estate Agents, Nepean Aquatic Centre and Vorgee. Last year’s event attracted 350 competitors with the 5km race won by dual Olympian and current Australian Open Water Champion Jarrod Porte. Read more info & enter.
Triathlon NSW Acheive-A-Tri
If your child would like some additional skills before the children’s Enticer races ACHIEVE-a-TRI is conducting a 2-hour introductory children’s triathlon program (aimed at kids 7-12 years old) specifically developed to build the basic skills and confidence that children need to participate in triathlon. This program is arranged and conducted by accredited Triathlon Australia coaches on race day ‘just before’ the Enticer events so that children have the skills necessary to complete the event with confidence. The session consists of action packed, game-based activities that focus on event rules, cycling, running and transition skills, all while encouraging children to have fun.
An update on preparations building up to Nepean Triathlon.
Television coverage – Our 30 minute Australian television coverage for the Nepean Triathlon has been expanded to now include New Zealand. Check out the coverage from 2015.
Swim course – the swim start will again be a deep water start in front of the rowing finish tower to save the long anxious walk to the swim start!
Nepean Race Handicap – with the gals beating the guys in the race handicap in the last 3 years, the handicap difference has come down to 9 minutes 1 second. Who can forget this finish in 2012 with Australian Olympian Courtney Atkinson winning in a photo finish from Denmark Olympian Rachel Klamer.
‘Accompanying adult’ access for Nepean Enticer Race 1 – a reminder that one adult will be provided with an ‘Accompanying Adult’ chestplate to allow assistance when setting up in the bike compound. Similarly, one accompanying adult may be in the water to assist Enticer 1 entrants as long as they stay at the back of the wave start and do not impede any other competitor.
A word from our sponsors who make this event possible…
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