Maitland Triathlon is BACK!
Maitland Triathlon returns to Morpeth
After a 5-year break between events, one of the oldest Triathlons in NSW, held in the historic village of Morpeth in the Hunter Valley, is back with a new format and expecting to attract some big names. Now in its 19th year, and with a new single race format, Event Director Paul Humphreys of Maitland Based H Events, is excited to bring this event back to Morpeth. “It is where sports events all began for us in 1994 and as locals we really love the town and community of Morpeth”, said Humphreys. With easy access to the river, a flat quite cycle leg around Morpeth/Duckenfield and a fast run leg around Brush Farm Rd, the event is expected to be popular a popular warm up race for the Sydney Ironman 70.3 in Penrith 2 weeks later. Organisers have invited former Maitland Triathlon Club member, Olympic Triathletes Aaron Royal to attend the race. Royal hopes to be in the Country after the Neapean Triathlon 2 weeks early. Over the event’s life it has attracted many famous Triathletes including former World and Olympic champions Peter Roberston, Craig Alexander, Brendan Sexton and Belinda Granger.
Being only 2 hours north of Sydney, the event has traditionally attracted a large contingent from Sydney and Central Coast Triathlon Clubs. Local triathletes from the Maitland, Newcastle, Tomaree and Singleton Clubs are also expected to flock to the event. For many it was their first Triathlon event may years ago.
The event compound will be staged from Queens Wharf Park off Queens Wharf Rd. Located right next to the river there will be a festival atmosphere promoting health and fitness all weekend. Morpeth cafes and businesses are expected to do well pre and post event. With the event finishing around 11am on Sunday, there is expected to be plenty of hungry athletes filling cafes.