IN its first year, the Maffra Triathlon attracted 230 entries, with organisers touting the event a huge success.
Held under blue skies and in warm temperatures on Sunday, competitors swam, rode and ran their hearts out, in an attempt to beat the clock, their own personal bests, or friendly rivals.
Impressively, about 70 per cent of entrants were first timers.
More than 80 primary school students joined together to make 17 junior teams, as well as 38 secondary school students, astounding organisers, who said they don’t usually receive so many junior entries.
The teams event had the greatest number of competitors for a triathlon held in Gippsland since the last Paynesville Corporate Triathlon, held in 2015.
Hosted by Riviera Triathlon Club at the Maffra pool and Maffra Lawn Tennis Club, the triathlon raised money for Maffra Gymnastic Club and the tennis club’s major renovation projects.
Organiser Kerri Goode said it was great seeing so many participants attempting their first ever triathlon.
“The atmosphere was encouraging and supporters really recognised the efforts of every athlete,” she said.
“There was such a sense of pride coming from competitors.
“For a first time event we were thrilled with the support from the local community, and with 230 people participating in the triathlon, we can call it a great success.”