The Michael Huntley Memorial Triathlon in Blenheim this Saturday signals the end of the 2008 South Island Tri-Multisports Club Championships season with individual race honours and overall championship titles up for grabs.
The Blenheim Physiotherapy and Mitchell Sports Power sponsored event offers a variety of race distances and disciplines including a standard distance triathlon with points counting towards the South Island Championship.
Other races include short duathlon, long duathlon and a sprint triathlon. All races are based at the Delta Lake, 6km west of Renwick and will take athletes compete in stunning scenery over a challenging yet achievable course.
Amongst the favourites will be previous winners Susie Aviss (long duathlon), Geoff Robinson (long duathlon) and Almuth Waechter (standard triathlon).
Athletes competing in the standard triathlon in the six categories: junior men, junior women (under 19), open men, open women, masters men and masters women (over 40), score points for their clubs in the race to find the number one South Island Triathlon and Multisport club.
First placed athletes will score six points, decreasing to one point for sixth placing. Previous races in this South Island Series were in Invercargill, Queenstown, Timaru, Christchurch, and Dunedin.
Canterbury and Dunedin Triathlon clubs are neck and neck with only seven points between them heading into the final event to be held in the series.
First athlete across the line in the Standard Distance Triathlon will receive the prestigious Michael Huntley Memorial Cup.
Registration is at 8.00am at race headquarters at Delta Lake. Racing starts at 9.30am on Saturday March 22nd.
Standard Triathlon 1500m swim 40km bike 10km run
Sprint Triathlon 750m swim 20km bike 5km run
Long Duathlon 10km run 40km bike 5km run
Short Duathlon 2.5km run 20km bike 5km run