Aquathon offers gentle challenge for newcomers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 April, 2006, 12:00am

The first beach aquathon of the year offers a gentle introduction to the challenges of multi-sport racing.

Splash 'n' Dash, organised by sports management company Revolution Asia and supported by the Hong Kong Triathlon Association, will be held at Repulse Bay on April 30.

It includes a shorter Sprint race - suitable for beginners and under-16s - and the main Challenge event. The Sprint is open to children aged over 12, and features a 375-metre swim and a 2.5-kilometre run. The Challenge comprises a 750m swim and a 5km run.

Race director Nerida Rigg said the Sprint will appeal to newcomers. 'The Sprint will suit junior athletes or people who are new to swimming and running,' said Rigg, who is organising the series for a second year.

'It will be great fun and safe. The swim course will consist of a triangular 375m circuit around two buoys inside the shark net. Sprint participants will complete one lap of the course, while Challenge participants will complete two laps with a short run on the beach in between each lap.'

Runners will follow a route along Seaview Promenade from Repulse Bay to Turning Point, which is about 100m before Deep Water Bay Beach. Sprint and Challenge participants will have to complete one and two laps of the course, respectively.

The Challenge is a more serious event. It is a perfect warm-up for athletes who are planning to enter this year's ITU Hong Kong Triathlon, or for anyone who is looking for an exciting long-distance race.

'Multi-sport races are becoming more and more popular,' said Rigg, who has been a triathlete for nine years.

'Here in Hong Kong we have some fantastic locations for races. We want to develop the sport and let more young people have a go. Aquathons let people discover their ability. Someone who is weak in swimming can catch up in running. It encourages people to develop wider skills. It's a lot of fun.'

There are two more races in this year's series. One is in July at South Bay, and the other in November at Pui O.

The entry fee is $80 for juniors (19-and-under).

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