Port Stephens set to host World Championships Qualifier and the launch of Trail Run Australia
PORT STEPHENS – The spectacular coastlines, beaches and national parks of Port Stephens are set to play host to a weekend of off road action with triathletes, mountain bikers, and trail runners set to descend upon the region on 22 and 23 September.
Athletes will be gearing up for round two of the seven race national TreX Cross Triathlon Series where they will take on the challenge of a swim, mountain bike and trail run in a race to secure a place in the team to represent Australia at the ITU MultiSport World Championships to be held in Spain in 2019.
The TreX series has long been at the forefront of this unique form of triathlon in Australia which takes the traditional format of the sport and mixes it with a huge helping of heart, guts and dirt, where the challenge is as much with mother nature as it is against other athletes.
World Qualifier (WQ) contenders will tackle a challenging 1,000m swim in beautiful Fingal Bay, followed by 25km of heart pumping XC (Cross Country) mountain biking in Tomaree National Park, and then finishing off with an 8km trail run experiencing the expansive coastal vistas that Port Stephens is famed for. The event also includes sprint, junior, teaser and dirt kids courses with something for all ages and abilities.
TreX is coupled with the launch of an all new four race Australian Trail Running Series, Trail Run Australia which will tempt runners off the beaten track with a half marathon, 11.5k or 6k trail run based around the Fingal Bay coastline and Tomaree National Park.
The course holds some special experiences for athletes as Event Director Robyn Lazenby told us,
“Events start at beautiful Fingal Bay and challenge athletes with a diverse array of terrain and scenery. From the beauty of Tomaree National Park, to the expansive views from coastal trails, to the challenge of the Samurai Dunes and awe inspiring white sandy beaches this course showcases the very best of this spectacular region.
Athletes might even see one of the many migrating Humpback or Southern Right Whales, or a friendly school of dolphins along the way, like we did on our last visit.”
Based on the NSW Mid north coast, Port Stephens is a 2.5hrs drive from Sydney and offers a winning combination of beaches, national parklands and rugged coastlines. The location offers the perfect backdrop for off road triathlon and trail running making it an ideal weekend for hardcore racers, weekend warriors, families or those who just want to get into the great outdoors to visit one of Australia’s most scenic regions and enjoy the challenge of off road racing.
The festival is proudly supported by Port Stephens Council. To find out more and be a part of the off road action go to:
About Trail Run Australia
Trail Run Australia takes runners to some of the most iconic and stunning destinations in this spectacular land down under. It challenges participants to get off road and take on a challenge against mother nature in some of the most demanding and diverse terrain that the country has to offer.
From stunning beaches, to historic goldfields, remote rocky outcrops and rich rainforests, all the way to the iconic Snowy Mountains. Trail Run Australia inspires runners to tread the path less travelled in this wild and beautiful land.
All festivals include a:
- Half Marathon;
- 5-6km; and
- Free Kids Mud Rats Events
The series finale also includes a 50km Ultra in Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains.
TreX is Australia’s home grown national cross triathlon series. For thirteen years TreX has positioned itself as the pinnacle of the cross – or off-road – triathlon racing in Asia-Pacific. Presented by the premier outdoor adventure event specialists In2Adventure, TreX consists of a swim, mountain bike and trail run. While each TreX event features an open category the TreX Cross Triathlon national series invites participation from all ages and skill levels.
|1 Sep 2018||Race 1: TreX Enduro||Kurwongbah, Qld||Gold|
|22 Sep 2018||Race 2: TreX Port Stephens WQE||Fingal Bay, NSW||Platinum|
|23 Sep 2018||Trail Run Australia | Tomaree||Fingal Bay, NSW||n/a|
|27 Oct 2018||Race 3: TreX Sunshine Coast
Qld State Championships & WQE
|Sunshine Coast, Qld||Platinum|
|28 Oct 2018||Trail Run Australia | Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast, Qld||n/a|
|24 Nov 2018||Race 4: TreX Goldfields
Vic State Championships & WQE
|25 Nov 2018||Trail Run Australia | Goldfields||Bendigo, VIC||n/a|
|23 Feb 2019||Race 5: TreX Snowy Mountains
Australian National Championships
|Snowy Mtns, NSW||Platinum|
|24 Feb 2019||Trail Run Australia | Snowies Ultra||Snowy Mtns, NSW||Platinum|
|30 | 31 Mar 2019||Race 6: TreX Back 2 Back||Mt Cotton, Qld||Gold|
|27 April 2019||Race 7: TreX Champs||Sunshine Coast, Qld||Platinum|
|28 April 2018||Sunshine Coast MTB Festival||Sunshine Coast, Qld||n/a|
In2Adventure are Asia-Pacific’s premier adventure event specialists, and the proud hosts of the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. With a full calendar of national events scheduled throughout Australia, including cross triathlon, XC Mountain Bike, trail runs and corporate events, In2Adventure fully embraces all things ‘off road’ and ‘off the beaten track’ and offers a unique, individual experience for all ages and skill levels.
For more information visit In2Adventure here
Photo Credit: Courtesy In2Adventure