By LUKE VOOGT
SOME 750 people will compete in the first ever Barwon Heads Triathlon this Sunday, including 115 from Ocean Grove.
The event is brainchild of Ocean Grove local Lincoln Beckworth and Jan Juc’s Pete Currie.
“We sold out five weeks before the event as we had no more room left in transition,” Lincoln said.
“It’s been awesome to see so many people willing to get involved and getting excited about the event.”
The run leg of the event will pass through Ocean Grove after crossing the Barwon Heads Bridge.
Competitors will run along the sands of RAAFs Beach and climb the stairs just before Ocean Grove Main Beach, before running back to Barwon Heads.
Apart from being local, Lincoln said the best thing about the event was getting so many new people into the sport.
“More than half the field are doing their first triathlon ever,” he said.
Lincoln was a triathlete himself and competed in the Gatorade Triathlon Series in his teens.
“Back then I was in the elite junior category,” he said.
Now a PE teacher at Newcomb Secondary College, he’s looking forward to getting involved again.
“I haven’t competed for 10 years due to injury,” he said.
“It’s exciting to be back involved in the sport.”