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AD: City of Canberra Half Ironman Triathlon - Australia

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Old September 5th 03, 01:55 PM
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Default AD: City of Canberra Half Ironman Triathlon - Australia


Early Entries have opened for Australia's biggest Half Ironman triathlon
race and the first three entries come from one end of Australia to the other
and from the USA!

The City of Canberra Half Ironman Triathlon, Round 9 of the Road to Ironman
Australia Qualifying series, and organised by X-Tri Australia, will be raced
on December 14th, 2003 in and around Canberra and the ACT.

The event was Australia's biggest Half Ironman Triathlon in 2002, and
remains the biggest challenge for competitors in 2003, with it's hilly bike
course, but sensational swim and run legs. It's also the last qualifying
event currently calendared on mainland Australia, with a massive 250 slots
on hand for those looking to race Ironman Australia in 2004!

The field size will be limited to 1200 competitors and entry is open to
licensed individual competitors only, though team entries and International
individuals are welcome.

The Ultimate Half Ironman Challenge for athletes has other big rewards also.
Prize money for pro competitors is the best in the entire Half Ironman
series. Age gr oup awards, trophies and prizes are also VERY impressive and
the ultimate prize for many will of course be one of those 250 qualifying
slots to the 2004 Snap Printing Ironman Australian Triathlon.

The race comprises the 1.9km Ironman Wetsuits one-lap swim, the 90km
Learsports Bicycle leg over one lap, and the ASICS half marathon over
two-laps totalling 21kms. High 5 will provide the official hydration and
nutrition on course. The official hotel is the Canberra Crowne Plaza and
TriTravel has some awesome packages arranged, just call 1 800 22 50 22 ASAP,
and don't miss out!

The event also highlights Canberra and surrounding areas of the ACT. The
swim is in Lake Burley Griffin, between the old Parliament House and the War
Memorial. The ride takes competitors through some of the prime forestry
areas of the territory, with sensational views and the run is through the
Canberra parklands from Commonwealth Park to the new Australian Museum and
return, to a gala finish line in Commonwealth Park, where the entire race is

The final leg of the race is the unique Compex recovery area and the
traditional ice cream and fruit salad recovery meal!

Support for the big race currently comes from Australian Capital Tourism and
Canberra Getaways, ASICS, Ironman Wetsuits, High Five, Learsport, Crowne
Plaza Canberra, TriTravel, Compex and The Ice Cream Man mean this is an
event to remember! All the thrills of Ironman in half the time and distance!

Race weekend will feature a sports seminar Saturday morning with Grant Giles
and Ironman legend, Bruce Thomas, there's an 'enticer' style triathlon
Saturday afternoon conducted by TACT, registration for the main event
Saturday and the growing Canberra Half Expo in Commonwealth Park both days
with the big race commencing 6:30am Sunday morning.

Full details for the race are contained in the race website at

For Further Information, Contact:
Nick Munting
X-Tri Australia P/L
PO Box 271
Collaroy NSW 2097

Tel: (02) 9971 1575
Fax: (02) 9944 0576


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