2013 Multi Sports Festival
The 2013 Geelong Multi Sport Festival runs from the 8th to the 10th of February and is an event designed to attract professional athletes as well as enthusiasts and the general public. There are a various events over the three day calendar including cycling events, running events, water sports and lots of exciting activities for the young.
One of the highlights of the 2012 event was the Geelong Triathlon, and the 2013 event promises to be even more exciting. The Olympic distance triathlon takes place on Sunday the 10th of February and includes a 1500 metre swim, a 40 kilometre bike ride followed by a 10 kilometre run. This event is a quallifier for the 2013 World Age Group Championships held in London later this year. This triathlon is expected to attract the cream of Australia’s athletes and many international names.
Sunday will also see a long course triathlon, this event will see a 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre bike ride and 21.1 kilometre run, taking in some of the most scenic areas on Geelong’s suburbs and finishing on our spectacular waterfront. This race is well regarded as Victoria’s favorite long course triathlon and the event offers 30 Las Vegas Ironman 70.3 World Championship slots, and a chance to enter the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship Melbourne in March.
The Geelong Waterfront will play host to the Target Foreshore Fun Run / Walk on Saturday the 9th from 7:30 AM. This event is a fund raiser for Give Where You Live, one of the region’s most important causes. This fun event has prizes for best dressed; blue is this years theme, and is an event tailored for different levels of ability and fitness. Target is also sponsoring the Corporate Triathlon to be held on the Saturday. This event will see a 400 metre swim, 10 kilometre cycle and 4 kilometre run, again supporting Give Where You Live.
People with special needs are catered for in a wonderful event held from Eastern Beach on Saturday. The Carter Group Special Triathlon will see a 100 metre swim followed by a 3 kilometre cycle and 700 metre run. This is a unique event and only the second of its type ever held in Australia. Kids also are not forgotten, the Geelong Independent Superkidz Triathalon is open to the young between the ages of 7 and 13. Here there are two circuits a 200 metre swim, 5 kilometre cycle and 1 kilometre run for the 11 to 13 year olds and a shorter course for the 7 to 10 year olds. The fun starts at Eastern Beach on Saturday at 9AM.
Swimmers will be out in force on Saturday at noon for the Geelong 1000 Bay Swim. This event takes place off the harbor between the carousel and Cunningham Pier. The race is open to swimmers of all levels and ages.
Other event include a Speed Golf competition at East Geelong Golf Course on Friday, a family treasure hunt Friday evening at Steampacket Gardens and a monstrous Sports Expo also found on the waterfront.
For more information and registrations visit www.usmevents.com.au