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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.
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!
For those wanting to fine tune their preparation for the race weekend, Atmosphere Health & Fitness has a purpose built cycle and run studio utulising Copmutrainer resistance trainers and Ergvideo ride software as well as Technogym state of the art treadmills.
Within the main building there as 4 lane 50m pool with seven squad sessions offered per week as well as unlimited access to the pool throughout business hours 7 days per week.
There are a further 6 training areas for strength work, Yoga, Pilates and general fitness classes on offer throughout the week as part of your one membership package.
For further information contact the team at Atmosphere via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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…
OnePointHealth is a state of the art health care facility located in the heart of Penrith’s CBD. We understand that seeking the right health care advice can be difficult. We make this process simpler, more convenient and more rewarding with our collaborative team and services approach. This means we have the ability to guide your health in the right direction, taking away your worry of whom to see and where to find them. Our united approach to health care puts our patients first and makes us the number one destination for all your health needs.
Dukes Estate Agents
Dukes Estate Agents was established with a very clear vision in mind – to provide the ultimate real estate experience for clients. Not only did we want our clients to feel comfortable, but also provide them with an innovative and pro-active real estate service that has not yet been seen in the local area. To deliver the extraordinary. The team has grown to approximately 15 strong and are still growing in order to meet client demand. We are committed to employing the best specialists for the job and live by the philosophy that client satisfaction is the only true measure of success.
Thanks to our sponsors, we area able to offer $37,500 in prize money for the 2016 race as follows:
Good news, following feedback from competitors on the 2015 cycle course, this year’s bike course will be similar to 2014 with the tight sections from 2015 reduced.
Finisher race towels, cooldry race shirts and medallions are on the way, see 2016 finisher medal design.
Enticer race fields
Races 1 and 2 are getting towards our maximum field levels so if you want to race please enter asap. To allow these two races to be safe and enjoyable for the younger competitors we keep fields to a minimum. Race 3 for adults and those 14 and over is also proving popular.
If you have yet to enter yourself or your children, please visit nepeantriathlon.com.au
Club tent area
We have had a good response from clubs to be in our club tent area – should your club wish to be in this area please email email@example.com to assist with arrangements.
Glenmore Park Plumbing and Drainage
For the last 11 years Sterling Ashbee, Director of Glenmore Park Plumbing and Drainage has supported the Nepean Triathlon. Sterling is a competitor himself (he has over 10 Ironman finishes) and wants to support the sport he is involved.
Gulf Western Oil
Another sponsor passionate about the sport is Gulf Western Oil. Andrew and Ben Vicary head up Gulf Western Oil and are also again keen triathletes having supported the Nepean Triathlon for 4 years. From a small company blending lubricants for the local market, Gulf Western has grown into a multi million litre organisation with an extensive distributor network throughout all states and territories of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Vietnam, PNG and the Pacific Rim. The company remains fully Australian owned and operated by the Vicary family.
Penrith City Council
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With a little over 4 months till the 2016 Nepean weekend of Triathlon, here is an update on current goings on.
Enticer events are filling up
With limited spaces particularly in our younger kids races, best get your children entered to avoid disappointment. All entries are are open online at nepeantriathlon.com.au
Mate’s wave introduced
Due to popular demand we now offer a ‘Mates Wave’. Designed to allow competitors in different age groups to race together. Note you will not be eligible for age group awards. If you have entered already and would like to be moved to the Mates wave please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the transfer.
Brooks sponsorship in 10th year
Thanks again to Brooks for partnering with the Nepean weekend of Triathlon, a partnership that is in its 10th year. Again every age group winner of the Nepean Triathlon will win a Brooks shoe voucher worth $200. Check out the new Glycerin 14
Welcome Glenbrook Greengrocer!
We are pleased to announce that Glenbrook’s newest addition, Glenbrook Greengrocer has signed on as a sponsor for this year’s event.Glenbrook Greengrocer offers some of the freshest fruit and veges in Sydney. It also offers up a fresh smoothie bar and and fruit salads to replenish you after a hard training session coming out of the Glenbrook National Park.
Olympic team bound for Rio!
Five of the six Aussie triathletes selected for the Rio Olympics have raced Nepean in the past two years. We are proud of having such talented stars of the sport competing in this event year on year. We wish all the team the best of luck for the games in August