Shepparton Half Ironman
The Shepparton Half Ironman is a half ironman event that is held in Australia during the early part of November.
This yearly event is held in Shepparton, which is located northeast of Victoria, Australia. Shepparton is approximately 181 kilometers from Melbourne. Shepparton is also ranked fifth in land area, among the cities of Australia and is home to almost 48,926 people.
November, the month in which the Shepparton Half Ironman is held, is the wettest month, with an average 53.2 millimeters of rainfall. However, this should not dampen the spirit of the athletes competing in the event since it is not expected to have heavy rains. Competitors will still expect warm weather, around 30 degrees Celsius.
The 1.9 kilometer swim in the Shepparton Half Ironman will start at the Kialla Lake. Participants will swim in anticlockwise direction from the west part of the lake, completing 1.5 laps of the Kialla Lake.
The 90 kilometer bike ride for the Shepparton Half Ironman will begin at the Kialla Lakes Drive and follow a new course that consists of 2 laps of 45 kilometers each. It is advised that participants get hold of the course map to familiarize themselves before the day of the event.
The 21 kilometers run for the Shepparton Half Ironman at Gordon Drive and the course takes a right turn at Wellington Court, then to the Broken River footbridge. Cyclists will continue to follow the course until the turning point, which is approximately 2.1 kilometers and then head back to the same route and back to starting point which also serves as the finish line.
Registration will be on November 12, 2012 from 11 o’clock in the morning up till 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Kialla Lakes Estate Park area, located at the Ganaway Cres, Kialla Lakes, just off from the Kialla Lakes Drive.
Registered participants will be issued official ID bracelets and kit bags. The competitor’s ID bracelet should be worn until the presentations of participants have been officially concluded. The ID bracelet will also ensure entry to the bike area, and to the restricted areas dedicated solely for the competitors.
Participants are required to check in their bikes on the day of the registration. Access to their bikes will only be allowed on the day of the race before the start of the first event – that’s very early in the morning of the race day.
During registration, an ankle band equipped with electronic timing chip will also be issued to all participants. The ankle band will attached to the competitor’s left ankle before the swim check on the morning of the race. The ankle band should be worn at all times throughout the event, and should a competitor pull out at any time, the ankle band should be returned to the officials stationed at the finish area.
The regulations being imposed by Triathlon Australia on helmets will be strictly enforced. Meeting the helmet standards as well as bike standards is the responsibility of the competitors.
Participants are required to get themselves acquainted with the rules and regulations of Triathlon Australia since these will be the governing rules in the entire duration of the event. All information about the race is also listed in the booklet.
The winners in the 2012 Shepparton Half Ironman are expected to bring home $15,000 for the first place in the men and women professional categories. The 10% rule on the prize money will be applied for the 2nd place up to the 5th place. This means that, those finishing next to the second place should clock in within the 10% of the time to become eligible for the cash prize. Spot prizes will also be given.
But the biggest prize is that winners will be eligible for the World Championship Ironman in Hawaii, the biggest event of the year!