Mackay athletes go the distance in Cairns

ALMOST 50 Mackay athletes travelled to Cairns last weekend to compete in the highly anticipated Cairns Airport Adventure Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the Adventure Festival boasts a wide variety of long-distance endurance events and is considered one of the most competitive.

Two Mackay clubs competed, covering huge distances.

Tri-ActiV8

There were 14 athletes competing from the Mackay-based Tri-ActiV8 group.

The key event for local competitors was the Ironman 70.3 race which included a 1.9 km swim, a 90km bike and 21.1km run.

Three Tri-ActiV8 athletes also competed in the Ironman event with distances of a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and a 42.2 km run.

Tri-ActiV8 Director, head coach and athlete Nikki Giles, said there were many great accomplishments on the day including some first-attempts at the Ironman distance.

"As a coach there isn't a prouder moment when you see your athletes cross the line after a gruelling race with smiles on their faces and their Tri-ActiV8 tribe members cheering each other on,” she said.

Tri-ActiV8 athletes will now turn their focus to the Mackay Triathlon festival on Sunday, September 23 the Mackay Surf Club.

Tri-ActiV8 started in October 2014 with a vision to attract more women to triathlon.

It is a multi-sport coaching business offering training across triathlon, running and adventure racing.

The business has expanded to now include coaching for juniors and men.

70.3 Athletes

  • Karen Watt (first 70.3 distance, started with a WO Triathlon in October 2015)
  • Rhiannon German (first 70.3 distance, started with WO Tri Camp in January 2016)-assistant Coach
  • Cath Riggs (3rd 70.3 distance, started with WO Tri Camp in January 2015)
  • Terry Riggs (1st 70.3 distance, trains with Tri-ActiV8)
  • Robbie Young (2nd 70.3 distance, coached by Tri-ActiV8)
  • Kristen Pinnington (first 70.3 distance, started with Tri-ActiV8 running and crossed into Triathlon with WO Tri Camp in January 2016 for Mooloolaba Tri March 2016)
  • Maree Kunst (1st 70.3 distance, starte with WO Tri Camp in January 2015)
  • Megan Moa (3rd 70.3 distance, started with Tri-ActiV8 in June 2015)-assistant Coach
  • Craig Davenport (multiple 70.3 - coached by Tri-ActiV8 since January 2015).
  • Cath Meng (multiple 70.3 - coached by Tri-ActiV8 since our infancy in October 2014)
  • Nikki Giles (Head Coach & Director)

Three athletes from Tri-ActiV8 competed in the Ironman (IM) Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns (3.8km swim/180km bike/42.2km run)

Ironman Athletes

Chris Webb (multiple 70.3 finishes - first IM, trained for 5months lead in to IM - coached by Tri-ActiV8 since early 2016).

Linda Wetherall (started with Tri-ActiV8 late 2014 - one 70.3 - coached for 5months lead into IM)

Rebecca Baird (one 70.3 - first IM, trained for 5months lead in to IM - coached by Tri-ActiV8 since late 2014).

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Nikki Giles