$6000 prize for duathlon

DUATHLETES and triathletes from across the State, ranging from the sport's elite to amateurs, will converge at Gatton this Sunday for the Lockyer Valley Duathlon Championships at Lake Apex Park.

The Championships not only will act as Race One in the Triathlon Queensland (TQ) State Series for 2011–2012 but also will form the second leg of the Australian Duathlon Series, which is a selection trial for the Duathlon World Championships.

The full distance championship duathlon, open to anyone over the age of 17 years, will consist of a 40km cycle race sandwiched between 10km and 5km runs.

The sprint, open to anyone over the age of 14, is half the full distance course – a 5km run, followed by a 20km cycle, finishing with a 2.5km run.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said council had contributed $6000 to ensure attractive purses for the championships and the Dual in the Valley fun run, formerly known as the Gatton Grunt.

“Lockyer Valley is ideally situated to host a vast range of events and Council is working hard to boost the region's profile and make it a preferred events destination for organisers,” Cr Jones said.

First across the line in both the male and female categories of the full distance duathlon will win $1000, with $750 going to second place and $400 to third.

Teams are welcome to enter both events and the duathlon event for ‘mini kids' (seven to 11 years) will be a 500m run and a 3km cycle ending with a 250m run.

The ‘kids' duathlon, (12 and 13 years) will be 2km run and a 10km cycle, finishing with a 1km run.

Entries close on July 19. For more information, go to

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