Try a tri for a special cause

SUPER FIT: Clayton Fettell will be among the contestants at this Sunday’s Come and Try a Tri Day.
SUPER FIT: Clayton Fettell will be among the contestants at this Sunday’s Come and Try a Tri Day. Warren Lynam

FANCY boosting your fitness and rubbing shoulders with world-class competitors?

Ballina Tri Club's Come and Try a Tri Day is offering people the chance to try their hand at the sport and help raise potentially life-saving funds too.

This Sunday's event will offer interested contestants a gentle introduction to triathlon over a short distance.

Club secretary Tara Leonard said it was a great opportunity for newcomers to get involved.

"It is a good chance for people to have a go at triathlon," she said.

"It's a great sport and it's exciting to think this might attract new people."

The day will feature a 250m swim, a 6.5km bike ride and a 2.5km run.

Contestants do not have to cover the full distance and can take on as much as they feel comfortable with.

A shorter race will also be held for children as part of the annual event.

All funds from the day will be donated to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service.

Among the pros in action will be FNC representative and top national and international competitor Clayton Fettell.

"It is perfect for people who are interested in triathlon, but not keen at this stage to do the long distance," Leonard said.

"It's about letting people have a go at something different and getting a feel for the sport.

"The thing about triathlon and our club is that there is always someone to cheer you on, whatever your standard."

Action starts at Ballina's Prospect Lake in East Ballina from 7am. Registration is available on the day from 6am and entry is $20.

For full details, visit http://www.ballinatri.com.



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