Multisport athletes limbering up for challenge

THE picturesque surrounds of Trevallyn Reserve will again throb to the beat of physical exercise on July 7 with the second annual Icebreaker Challenge multisport event.
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Organisers said they were delighted to welcome back the cream of Australia’s multisport athletes including inaugural winner Jarad Kohlar, but stressed they were just as keen to see as many Tasmanian keep-fitters as possible.

The 9-kilometre paddle across Lake Trevallyn, 18km mountain bike ride around the new tracks in Trevallyn Reserve and 8.5km trail run have been tailored to appeal to both elite individuals and casual competitors, who have the option of entering in teams.

“We’d like to think the course is still achievable for weekend multisport athletes,” race director Mark Padgett said.

“These distances are more achievable than other events, which are really geared towards the elite competitors.”

About 300 competitors took part in last year’s inaugural event, including 50 individual entrants, and with $8000 worth of prizes on offer, a similar field is expected this year.

Launceston mum Jenny Purtell embodies the event’s target competitor with the 44-year-old aiming to race alongside her husband with her two sons serving as support crew.

“I just wanted to set myself a goal to get fit,” she said.

“I love riding and paddling and thought the distances were achievable, so thought I’d give it a go.

“I even bought a new kayak because I wanted to be back before dusk or they might have closed the gates on me.”

All legs of the event start and finish on the shores of Lake Trevallyn making the event spectator friendly, with the lead racers expected to take about 2 hours and 20 minutes to finish.

Padgett said being part of a national series for the first time should also give the event added exposure.

2013 Icebreaker Challenge competitors Jenny Purtell and Julie Sladden, of Launceston, tune up for the big event. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER.

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