About the SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon
Held at the picturesque Karri Valley Resort near Pemberton, the Karri Valley Triathlon showcases the beauty of WA’s Southwest, while providing triathletes with a unique racing experience.
Stadium Triathlon Club, in association with Karri Valley Resort, has hosted the Karri Valley Triathlon annually since 2003. The event will be held next on the weekend of 18-19 March 2017.
The event was originally conceived as a way to provide a unique and iconic race for the Western Australian triathlon community and showcase the south-west region as a premier tourist destination. Up to 1,400 people attend Karri Valley Resort over the course of the race weekend, with approximately 350 participating in the race itself.
After swimming in the clean, fresh waters of Lake Beedelup you will be challenged by the undulating bike course under the canopy of the Karri Forest, and soak up the majestic views and natural charm of the Karri Valley Resort and surrounds during the road/trail run. Karri Valley Resort provides the perfect setting for everyone to enjoy.
Both long (1.5km swim, 60km bike, 12km run) and short (500m swim, 20km bike, 4km run) course races will be held on Saturday for age group, professional and open athletes for ages 14-70+ years. For our young up and coming triathletes, a TRYStars kid’s triathlon for ages 7-13years will be held on Sunday morning.
Given internet coverage is none existent at the resort we will provide event information in an easily downloadable form, so you can take it with you to Karri Valley.
Please note that as the lake is fresh water with limited buoyancy and visibility, wet suits will be compulsory for all age group athletes for both the short and long course. Normal Triathlon Western Australia rules will apply for Open competitors based on water temperature on the day. If you are keen to participate but are unable to obtain a wetsuit for the race please contact Stadium Triathlon Club (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your situation.
Swim, cycle, run…and leap right into an invigorating Southwest Holiday. Take time out after the Karri Valley Triathlon to explore more from the Southwest—you won’t be disappointed. Whether it’s relaxing at the resort, swimming at the beaches, walking through the natural forests or just visiting the country towns, you will find a place where you can relax, enjoy and be taken away with its beauty.
National Qualifying Event
Karri Valley Triathlon has been awarded the National Long Course Distance Qualifying Race that forms part of the Triathlon Australia National Calendar, incorporating the National Championship and Qualifying Race Series 2016-17.
All competitors who are members of Triathlon Australia are eligible to earn points when competing in a National Qualification Race which contributes to selection in the relevant Australian ITU World Championship Age Group team.
Please click HERE which provides information to participants on how they can qualify to represent Australia at the Age Group World Championships as part of Team Australia.
Race Weekend Information
Long and short course races commence mid-morning on Saturday following an athlete briefing, with the last long course athlete crossing the finish line mid-afternoon.
A presentation dinner is held at the resort on Saturday evening followed by a live band for entertainment.
The TRYStars kid’s triathlon commences early Sunday morning, to allow plenty of time to travel back to Perth, but not too early so parents get to sleep in a bit.
A detailed race weekend schedule will be published in the Athlete Information Guide that will be issued to all registered participants, and a summary schedule will be posted on this web page as the event approaches.
Refreshments for spectators will be available on Saturday and we expect Manjimup Senior High School to be running their bacon and egg and sausage sizzle again on Saturday.
Limited accommodation is available at Karri Valley Resort (www.karrivalleyresort.com.au, (ph. 08 9776 2020). We recommend you contact the Pemberton Accommodation Association (http://www.pembertonstay.com.au) to locate the best accommodation for you.
TRYStars Kid’s Triathlon
Partnering with Healthway and Triathlon WA, Stadium Triathlon Club brings to you the Kids Triathlon at Karri Valley Resort. This event invites children between the ages of 7-13 who enjoy swimming, cycling and running. All kids will participate in a short swim in the lake around our volunteers serving as swim buoys, then a cycle on closed internal resort roads and a run on the resort road and trails.
Course lengths will differ depending on age group:
Age 7-9: 100m swim, 2km cycle, 500m run
Age 10-13: 200m swim, 4km cycle, 1km run
Teams (2 or 3 participants 7-13 years): 200m swim, 4km cycle, 1km run
All kids will receive a swim cap and medal for participating.
In 2016 the kid’s triathlon was moved to Sunday morning so that parents competing on Saturday can cheer their children on without having to worry about their own race. This has proven to be a hit, with Karri Valley Resort offering a late check-out and other athletes coming out to support the kids before heading home themselves.
How to Register
Registrations for all participants will open in January 2017. There will be a link on this web page to take you to the secure registration site. As usual we’re expecting a lot of interest in the event, so be sure to get in quick once entries open.