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Maroondah Duathlon 2017 – Run Bike Run

29 June 2017

Maroondah City Council is proud to be expanding its Active Maroondah series with its first Maroondah Duathlon, to be held on Sunday 23 July.

Participants are encouraged to come and run and cycle through Croydon’s Merrindale Estate.

Duathlons are three-stage events involving a run, a ride, and another run.

Councillor Paul Macdonald said the duathlon was a great opportunity for those taking part to test their endurance in the sprint distance category, or take on the challenge together as a group in the family category.

“If you’re someone who enjoys running and cycling, then this is the perfect event that combines the two, with registrations now open,” Cr Macdonald said.

The ‘Sprint’ category involves a 4.5km run, a 20km bike ride and 4.5km run.

The ‘Family Dash’ category (2 adults, 2 children) comprises a 1.5km run, 4km bike ride and 1.5km run.

Cyclist, duathlete and triathlete Caleb McInnes is no stranger to competing in major events, having represented Australia in triathlon and duathlon, and will be one of the many taking part in Maroondah’s inaugural duathlon event.

The Sports Podiatrist and Co-Director of Freedom Sports Medicine, a sponsor of this year’s Maroondah Duathlon, says training for a duathlon is as simple as two words – running and cycling.

“Running, biking and then running again is very different to just doing one discipline in isolation. Practice riding and then running straight off the bike; this will help accustom the legs too. When getting off the bike, don’t go too hard. Keep your stride length short and fast and build into the second run. Too many people I see go flat-out at the start of the second run and fatigue midway through,” Mr McInnes advises.

While not a well-known event, he says the duathlon can be fun and a great individual challenge, regardless of what level you’re at, adding that you don’t need a whiz-bang bike to do it.

“Some people are concerned about not having an expensive bike. Don’t worry…get out there and give it a go on whatever you have. Just make sure the handle bar ends are covered,” he says.

Mr McInnes placed 1st at the Duathlon Australian Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and also won the Asia Pacific Duathlon Championship in Singapore in 2013. He has also won multiple state and Australian championship podiums in triathlon and duathlon.

Registrations for Maroondah Duathlon 2017 close midnight Friday 12 July. All participants must be 12 years and over.

To register for the event or for more information, including a copy of the course map, visit Maroondah Duathlon.

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