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.
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.
- 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)
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).