Athletes gear up for challenge

ORGANISERS are hoping the third staging of the Icebreaker Multisport Challenge will set a  participation record.

Last year's event attracted 50 individuals and 51 teams totalling 191 competitors, and this year's, on May 25, is already looming as both a participation-based shared adventure and a top-quality showdown. 

The quality of the elite field has thrown up a likely three-way tussle between Row Fry, Emma Weitnauer and Sally Alps in the women. 

Victorian Jarad Kohlar is looking to make it three straight wins in the male field but the number of veterans and first-timers is a response to organisers' focus on participation.

The Icebreaker will see entrants tackle the multiple multisport challenges that Trevallyn NRA has to offer.

These include a nine-kilometre paddle on the smooth waters of Lake Trevallyn, two 9km loops around the reserve's new mountain bike tracks and a tough 8.5km trail run. 

``We have moved to a slightly warmer, dryer month to ensure we are still able to use the new, awesome mountain bike tracks,'' race director Mark Padgett said.

A number of new tracks were unable to be used last year due to heavy rain .

Organisers are aiming to create a community event, with support from Parks and Wildlife Service, West Tamar Council and local land owners. All brands of kayak and skis will be on display and available to test, with food and beverages for spectators while they enjoy watching entrants. 

``The focus is on accepting the challenge, be it joining a team or tackling the whole event solo,'' Padgett said. `

``If teams are struggling to find a paddler, we allow individual entrants to give their paddle time to teams, to enable more people to get involved.

``All legs start and finish at the one location making it an awesome event for competitors and spectators alike. Entrants can choose to complete all three legs or compete as part of a two or three-person team.''

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Thule Icebreaker Multisport Challenge

WHEN: 11am, Sunday, May 25

WHERE: Trevallyn NRA

DETAILS: www.theicebreaker.com.au

Roz  Barber, Julie Sladden, Traci Lonergan and Mark Padgett are  gearing up ready for the  Icebreaker Challenge  at Trevallyn on Sunday week.  Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Roz Barber, Julie Sladden, Traci Lonergan and Mark Padgett are gearing up ready for the Icebreaker Challenge at Trevallyn on Sunday week. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

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