26th annual triathlon

THE Joggers World 2014 Kingston SE Triathlon is less than two weeks away.

Entries will be accepted right up until February 13 at www.kingstonsetriathlon.com.

Interest in the 26th annual event has been high, with organisers also predicting a last-minute influx of registrations for five different categories ranging from an Olympic Course to a Fun Run/Walk.

"Now that holidays are over, school is back and everyone has returned to work, we're starting to see entries being lodged from across SA and Victoria, with strong demand for accommodation as well," said Kingston SE Triathlon Club president Alison Stillwell.

Limestone Coast students are being urged to hop on board and enter the schools category by nominating teams of three.

A shield, cash prize and medals are up for grabs, with Bordertown High aiming for its seventh consecutive title.

"We regularly enter three to four teams each year in the Dan Luscombe Short Course (500m Swim, 13.3km Cycle, 3.6km Run) in the schools category, and have taken home the shield 17 times since the schools competition began 22 years ago," said health and PE coordinator Shane Orrock.

"It's a great event which promotes activity and gives our students an alternative to traditional sports such as football, netball and basketball."

Mr Orrock said a great cross-section of students from Years 8-12 enter the event, with some also choosing to tackle the race as individuals.

"The Kingston Triathlon is something Bordertown really gets behind as a community - road cycling, swimming and running are quite big here," he said.

The Harrington course for 7-11 year olds (50m Swim, 3km Cycle, 500m Run) is also very popular among junior athletes, while there are plenty of seniors also planning to give the event a shot.

Robe artist Terry Johnson will get up close and personal with the coastal landscape he regularly captures on canvas. The owner of Wilson's at Robe joined a local fitness class six months ago and his instructor encouraged him to enter his first triathlon.

He has teamed up with fellow "over sixties" William Hay and Bill Purton, and the trio are entering as a team called "Willpower" in the International Cycles Olympic Course (1.5km S, 40km C, 10km R).

"We grizzle about the fitness of the 20-year-olds, but we're quite competitive in our minds, and no one wants to be the weakest link," he laughed.

"We looked at the Have A Go section, but said no way - what's the biggest one? Put us down! My family and friends have been very encouraging - no one said 'Why?' which is quite exciting."

Terry will complete the 40km bike leg and has embraced his new training regime, rising at 5am daily to embark on a large loop around the town, before heading down to the Nora Creina turnoff and back.

"Usually my companions are kangaroos; I see the same ones every day and I enjoy that, and as long as the knees are working on the big day and there isn't much wind about it will be awesome," he said.

The event, which will be based on the town's foreshore, is also the seventh race of the Triathlon SA State Series - the SA Olympic Distance Championship.

All major SA clubs will be vying for the SA title, with strong interest also coming from Victoria.

Robe artist Terry Johnson is looking forward to his first Kingston Triathlon.

Robe artist Terry Johnson is looking forward to his first Kingston Triathlon.