KLIM IN THE SWIM: Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim will compete in Byron Bay’s team relay event.
KLIM IN THE SWIM: Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim will compete in Byron Bay’s team relay event. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Michael Klim to race in triathlon

OLYMPIC gold medallist Michael Klim will compete in the Byron Bay Triathlon next month.

Klim, 35, has been entered in a team relay section and will be the star attraction at the 18th annual event.

The Olympic distance race usually attracts about 1300 competitors for the 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

"We saw the name registered in the team event and we emailed them back to confirm it was definitely Michael Klim," event coordinator Celia McConnell said.

"He'll be in a mixed team and we're definitely happy to have him.

We've closed registrations but we will still accept some last-minute entries. It's always been a popular event because of the location and people come here and make it a week of fun and fitness.

"He's indicated that he will help us promote the event if needed and that's another bonus."

There will be plenty to look forward to at this year's event with the field in open men's and women's division wide open.

Professional triathletes Pete Jacobs and Melissa Rollison won't be back to defend their 2012 titles because other race commitments.

Lennox Head competitor Joseph Lampe won the event in 2011 and is back again. Former Tuntable Creek resident Courtney Gilfillan will also race.

She is now based on the Gold Coast and has come third in the past three Byron Bay events in the open women's.

"Numbers are up on previous years," McConnell said.

"We have 1150 individuals and 175 people in teams.

"We've closed registrations but we will still accept some last-minute entries. It's always been a popular event because of the location and people come here and make it a week of fun and fitness."

This year there will be a junior aquathon race in the morning with the triathlon at noon on Saturday, May 11.

There will also be a fun run, family walk and short distance race from 7.30am on the Sunday.



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