Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic
A unique multi-sport indulgence in the lap of Australia's Snowy Mountains
About the event
Swim 1.5km + paddle 9km + run 6km + mountain bike 8km + swim 2.5km + paddle 5km + mountain bike 9km + run 12.5km + mountain bike 42.8km + swim 1.2km + paddle 9.5km + run 5km ...
The Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic is a 12-leg, all-day adventure for Solo Athletes and Relay Teams combining swimming, mountain biking, paddling and running in, on and around beautiful Lake Jindabyne. The race will be staged for the 14th time on Sunday the 8th of March 2020 (pending approvals from all relevant authorities).
Set in the idyllic surrounds of Lake Jindabyne in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the race combines water and land-based sports over 12 legs, ranging in difficulty from mild to strenuous. The race is ideally suited to Relay Teams of varying tastes and capacities, or for Solo Athletes seeking a complete all-day test of skill, stamina and fitness.
The course is varied, with 3 mountain bike legs ranging from easy to highly technical; 3 running courses from flat to very not-flat; 3 swims of between 1.2 and 2.5 kms; and 3 paddles of 5.5 to 9.5 kms. The swims and paddles criss-cross most of Lake Jindabyne, while the mountain bikers and runners thoroughly explore the rugged Eastern Escarpment, rolling farmland of the Western Shore, and bushland of the adjoining Kosciuszko National Park.
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Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic
12 legs of swimming, paddling, mountain biking and running exploring beautiful Lake Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park – all in one day!
12 legs of swimming, paddling, mountain biking and running
- 6.45 am for all
- Before 5pm, 8 February 2020: Solo $180; T4 $240; T12 $260
- After 5pm, 8 February 2020: Solo $210; T4 $275; T12 $295
- Add $25 one-race licence fee (per entry) for non TA members
- Trophies for all Solo finishers
- Trophies for 1st 3 teams in each category
NOTE: LEGS 6 AND 7 HAVE BEEN AMENDED SINCE 2018
From the list below, select a leg to read the full course description and to view the course map.
|Leg 1||Swim 1.5 km||Course Description|
|Leg 2||Paddle 9 km||Course Description|
|Leg 3||Run 6 km||Course Description|
|Leg 4||Mountain Bike 8 km||Course Description|
|Leg 5||Swim 2.5 km||Course Description|
|Leg 6||Paddle 5km||Course Description|
|Leg 7||Mountain Bike 9 km||Course Description|
|Leg 8||Run 12.5 km||Course Description|
|Leg 9||Mountain Bike 42.8 km||Course Description|
|Leg 10||Swim 1.2 km||Course Description|
|Leg 11||Paddle 9.5 km||Course Description|
|Leg 12||Run 5 km||Course Description|
- Race rules
- Permitted equipment
- Team categories and divisions
- Helpers' role and duties
- Replacement of team members
- Participant waivers
- Race start
- Safety & emergency procedures
- Swim safety
- Transitions protocol
- Water & fluids
- Care of the environment
- Contingency plans
- Course cut-off times
- Course records
This race is sanctioned by Triathlon NSW as a member of Triathlon Australia, and is conducted in accordance with Triathlon Australia race rules, with the exception of those rules covering drafting on the bike course. Drafting is permitted in this event.
The race rules which pertain to this event are set out on the Triathlon Australia website.
Athletes may use any form of craft for the paddle legs of the race, provided the craft is occupied and powered by the athlete alone, employing one single- or double-bladed paddle. PFDs must be worn at all times while in the craft.
There will be no handicap system to distinguish between faster and slower craft. It is the athletes' prerogative to choose whichever form of craft he or she feels most comfortable with. It is permitted to use different craft for different legs of the race, though it is not permitted to swap craft in the course of a leg.
In the mountain bike legs, athletes may use any bike of their choice and may use different bikes for different legs, but may not swap bikes in the course of a leg, ie the same bike must be used for the entire leg.
For all pre-entered Teams and Solo Athletes, compulsory registration will be between 5 pm and 6 pm, Saturday 7 March 2020 outside the Snowy Mountains Visitor Information Centre, on Kosciuszko Rd in the centre of Jindabyne.
If you have made any changes to the membership of your team, these will need to be entered into the database at Registration. If you have made changes to the composition or order of your team, please report first to the "Team Changes" table to record these changes, then proceed to collect race numbers and helpers' passes and get numbers written on swimmers' arms or hands. Collect information on any last-minute course alterations and meet with some of your competitors.
There are 2 Categories of Teams, and 3 Divisions within each Category. The Categories are: Teams of 4 (which may include Teams of 2 or 3), and Teams of 12 (which may include from 5 to 12 members). The Divisions are: Open, All-Female and Mixed.
To qualify for a Mixed Team award, at least four of the twelve legs of the race must be completed by a female team member (ie four females can complete one leg each, one female can complete two legs and another can do two, or one female can complete four legs to meet the minimum requirement.)
Mixed Teams not meeting this criteria will automatically be entered in the Open Division.
Every Solo Athlete must have a personal helper to attend to his or her needs throughout the race. Teams are responsible for their own assistance.
Solo Athletes' helpers will be issued with an official helper's ID number at Registration. Each helper may only be responsible for one athlete. Solo Athletes' helpers may provide assistance of any kind anywhere on the course, with the exception of pacing (ie swimming, riding, paddling or running with the athlete for more than 30 seconds), or physically assisting the athlete to move in a forward direction (ie pushing, holding or towing the athlete). Helpers may row or paddle ahead of the athlete during the second and third swim legs (not the first swim leg), provided they stay at least 5 metres clear of the athlete. Helpers may touch the athlete as long as he or she is stationary, and may assist with clothing, equipment (including mechanical assistance), food & drinks, as well as motivational, inspirational and directional advice. Helpers are fully and exclusively responsible for the condition and security of the athlete's equipment, and transport of that equipment from one transition compound to the next. Helpers may not interfere with or impede the progress of any other competitor. To do so will incur the disqualification of the helper's athlete, even if he or she has no part in such interference.
Teams - Teams must provide their own assistance and transport. Due to restricted parking space, only ONE vehicle per Team is permitted at each Transition. Only members of a team may provide assistance to a team member in the course of the event. All other conditions are the same as apply to the Solo Athletes' helpers. Any team member impeding or interfering with the progress of any other competitor or team will incur the disqualification of his or her entire team.
Replacement of team members is allowed, provided the replacement does not alter the Division or Category of the team (ie all-female to mixed, or 4-person to 12-person).
Replacement members must be registered at Registration on Saturday at the latest. Also at Registration, names are to be confirmed for each member doing each leg. Changes to this schedule will be permitted on the day, provided transition marshals are informed of the change in advance of the leg concerned.
Please note that all competitors who have entered or have been entered into this event online, whether as Solo Athletes or Team members, must sign the participant waiver before commencing their respective leg or legs of the race.
Copies of the waiver will be available at each transition area.
Any competitor who commences a leg without first signing the participant waiver is subject to immediate and automatic disqualification, and is no longer deemed a participant in the event.
The 2020 Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic will start in 1 wave from the swimming area adjacent to the boat ramp at Kalkite Waters.
Solo Athletes and All Teams will enter the water at 6.45 am.
Please assemble at the beach for final check-in fifteen minutes prior to your start time (ie 6.30 am). Final briefing will commence five minutes before start time.
Please play your part to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all.
The Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic is being attended by members of the Volunteer Marine Rescue (NSW) and medical-trained personnel. All course marshals and every transition will have mobile phones. Radio-equipped boats will be patrolling Lake Jindabyne, in addition to smaller craft. All runners and mountain bikers are urged to carry mobile phones to report any emergencies.
The most important component of ensuring a safe event is common sense, particularly on the mountain bike courses. Carry ample fluids and energy foods. Carefully check your brakes and tyres the day before the race. Please exercise care while negotiating all descents, especially if you are unfamiliar with the course, as some sections particularly on the 1st and 3rd mountain bike courses are really steep and rocky. The time lost through sensible caution is nothing compared to the time lost through a trip to the hospital.
Beware of snakes. We have encountered several brown snakes in preparations for this event. In case of snakebite, remain where you are and alert the next athlete to seek immediate help.
This is an endurance event, where a spirit of mutual assistance will benefit all. No amount of planning can adequately protect a 100 kilometre course over open water and through bushland, and many sections are without marshals for many kilometres. If you encounter another athlete in difficulty, please stop to ascertain their condition and lend assistance where possible, and be sure to report the situation either by mobile phone or to the next marshal you see. Thank you for your kind assistance and spirit of oneness.
If you are in distress at any time in the water, immediately raise your arm to signal for assistance from the nearest craft.
Swim caps are compulsory in all three swims (these will be issues at Registration), and wet suits are optional.
Particular care must be taken by individual athletes before and during the second and third swims, as leg muscles tend to cramp in the water after extended use. Take time at the transitions to replenish with electrolytes and fuel, and allow your heart rate to diminish. Thoroughly stretch all leg muscles before entering the water. Race officials have the responsibility to prevent you from entering the water if they feel you are distressed or overly fatigued. Once in the water, keep your legs moving as much as possible, to encourage blood flow. In case of cramping, signal to the nearest craft. You may rest on the craft as long as you need, or on dry land if close enough. It is advisable to practise your bike/swim transitions in advance.
Each team athlete must check-in with officials at the transition 15 minutes prior to their anticipated start-time. The team-member completing the previous leg must complete his or her course and be recorded by officials before tagging the next member, who is then free to depart.
There will be full aid station supplies at each transition point. These will include water, sports drink, fruit, sweets, First Aid kit, vaseline, sunscreen (all of which are available to competitors only), and either public toilets or Port-a-loo.
Access to transition compounds is restricted to race officials, Solo Athletes' helpers (wearing helper's ID), approved media and team members involved in the changeover.
Every athlete must carry a reasonable supply of water and fluids on every run, mountain bike and paddle leg, either in a back-mounted hydration system or in drink containers held in belt-straps or clothing.
There will be a full aid station at every transition point, offering fruit, sweets, sports bars, water and sports drink, sun block and vaseline, as well as rudimentary bike repair equipment. Mountain bikers are advised to carry a full repair kit and 2 spare tubes.
Aside from the lake itself, the course for the Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic explores Snowy River Shire Council land, Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Hydro land (lake foreshores), private farmland and the Jindabyne urban fringe.
We are all very fortunate to have been granted permission to stage this event through all these area. The authorities and officers of Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Hydro, private landowners and Snowy River Shire Council have been overwhelmingly cooperative and helpful.
However, please be aware that this event takes place in a public as well as a natural domain. We do not have exclusive use of any of these areas, all of which are used by many people on weekends. Each of the run courses occupy tracks which are designed for walkers, not runners. We are the walkers' guests. Please give way and show courtesy to all walkers using these tracks.
Please do not litter any where on the course. Carry your litter with you and dispose of it in the bins provided at each transition or at the finish. Let us aim for the race to leave no footprint, for the course to remain immaculate.
Lake Jindabyne can be subject to windy conditions at any time of day, any time of year.
In the event of high winds, the organisers reserve the right to cancel or amend one or more of the paddle and swim legs.
The management of Kosciuszko National Park reserve the right to cancel any or all of the legs through the Park in the event of extreme heat or potentially dangerous weather conditions.
If any leg or legs are cancelled or amended either in the lead-up or on the day of the race, organisers will endeavour to stage an alternative leg or legs, subject to prevailing conditions. Organisers reserve the right however whether directed by authorities or not, to shorten, alter or cancel any leg or legs of the race within reason, and without warning.
In the event that the race is called off completely prior to the start, the race will be postponed to a later date. Only if the race is postponed, entrants may elect to transfer their entry to the revised date or place their entry on hold. Entries 'on hold' will be valid until used once for the same event within 3 years successive to the date of the original entry.
Once the race has commenced, the race entry will be deemed to have been 'used' and is not redeemable, even if the event is called off before its scheduled finish.
Race numbers are recorded at number checkpoints and transition compounds throughout the race. Anyone whose number is not recorded within a reasonable time will become the object of a search (and, if necessary, rescue) mission.
For this reason, any individual or team member choosing to withdraw from the event must inform, or have their helper inform either an official course marshal or a race official at an aid station or a transition compound.
In the event of a team member being unable to complete his or her leg, another team member may complete that leg on his or her behalf, provided race officials are informed of the details and circumstances before the replacement team member proceeds. The resulting split time for that leg will not be credited to any team member, and the team will not be eligible for awards. Otherwise, the team may choose to leave that leg uncompleted and another team member may start the next leg, commencing from the advertised cut-off time of the previous leg. In this case, the team will be allowed to proceed, and other team members' split times will be recorded, but the team will be recorded as a DNF, ineligible for awards.
After the following times, there will be no marshals, checkpoints or transitions set up on the course, and split times will not be recorded. Athletes continuing after these times will do so at their own risk, and will be deemed to be not part of the event.
All times listed are in Time of Day, which assumes that the race starts on time at 0645. NOTE THAT THESE CUT-OFF TIMES HAVE BEEN REVISED FOLLOWING THE SHORTENING OF THE 2ND MOUNTAIN BIKE AND PADDLE LEGS IN 2019
|Swim 1 - 0735||Paddle 1 - 0850||Run 1 - 0935|
|MTB 1 - 1025||Swim 2 - 1120||Paddle 2 - 1145|
|MTB 2 - 1220||Run 2 - 1410||MTB 3 - 1705|
|Swim 3 - 1725||Paddle 3 - 1840||Run 3 - 1915|
An additional cut-off will be applied on Run2 at Sawpit Creek at the start of the Waterfall Loop. Solo athletes who feel they may not meet later cut-off times may elect to miss the 6 km Waterfall Loop and proceed directly to the transition to MTB3 at the Sawpit Creek Education Centre. This leg would then have no split time recorded and the athlete would officially be recorded as a DNF, but would be allowed to continue with the remaining legs. Any runner who does not reach the beginning of the Waterfall Loop at Sawpit Creek by 1340 will not be allowed to proceed on the Waterfall Loop, and will automatically be directed to the transition. Assuming he or she reaches the transition by 1410, he or she will be permitted to continue onto MTB3.
Additional cut-offs will be applied on MTB3 at the crossing of the Snowy River at 1530, and at the turn-off to Botherum Plain at 1610. Any mountain biker who does not reach either of these locations by these times will not be permitted to proceed on the course, and will be offered (space permitting) a ride back to Sawpit Creek or to Creel Bay.
Any Solo Athlete who has not started any given leg by the cut-off time for the previous leg may not be allowed to continue. Any athlete starting Run3, the final run leg after 1830 must be accompanied by his or her helper or team-mate with a torch. A sweeper will follow the backmarker throughout the course in a boat, on a mountain bike, and on foot.
In the event that a team member fails to complete his or her leg before the designated cut-off time, another team member will be allowed to start the next leg at that time. In this case, the team will be permitted to proceed, and all ensuing team members' split times will be recorded, but the team will be recorded as a DNF, ineligible for any awards.
Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Clasic fastest overall and leg split times by category...
Solo Male Overall (old course) - 7:52:53, Jody Zerbst, 2005
Solo Male Overall (new course) - 9:21:37, Klayten Smith, 2017
Solo Male Over 50 Overall (old course) - 11:49:47, Peter Macartney, 2005
Solo Male Over 50 (new course) - 11:22:53, Craig Maskiell, 2020
Solo Female Overall (old course) - 10:06:57, Alina McMaster, 2005
Solo Female Overall (new course) - 11:17:00, Julie Quinn, 2008
|Leg||Record Holder-Solo Male||Time||Year||Record Holder-Solo Female||Time||Year|
|1st Swim||Michael Brennan||20:13||2020||Leone Jansen||25:44||2006|
|1st Paddle||Andrew Peterson||43:38||2005||Alina McMaster||50:36||2005|
|1st Run||Jeremy Ross||26:06||2005||Alina McMaster||38:18||2018|
|1st Bike (old)||Jason Chalker||35:17||2005||Zoe King||46:24||2005|
|1st Bike (new)||Tim Boote||32:34||2017||Alina McMaster||46:15||2018|
|2nd Swim||Michael Brennan||39:20||2019||Leone Jansen||49:02||2005|
|2nd Paddle||Jeremy Ross||27:23||2005||Alina McMaster||32:12||2005|
|2nd Bike||Jody Zerbst||21:53||2005||Alina McMaster||30:29||2005|
|2nd Run||Jody Zerbst||1:04:55||2005||Julie Quinn||1:23:38||2009|
|3rd Bike (old)||Jason Chalker||1:17:44||2005||Julie Quinn||1:39:46||2005|
|3rd Bike (new)||Klayten Smith||2:18:16||2018||Julie Quinn||2:41:51||2008|
|3rd Swim (old)||Jody Zerbst||17:29||2005||Zoe King||22:33||2005|
|3rd Swim (new)||Michael Brennan||20:15||2020||Julie Quinn||29:51||2008|
|3rd Paddle||Matt Acheson||53:01||2008||Sharon Dilly||59:55||2011|
|3rd Run||Trevor Fairhurst||21:15||2005||Julie Quinn||23:02||2008|
Teams Overall Time (old course, pre-2007)
|Open Team of 4||7:50:35||Bike + Board||2006|
|Female Team of 4||9:33:43||The Go Go Four||2006|
|Mixed Team of 4||7:55:02||INADAZE||2006|
|Open Team of 12||8:58:07||Steve's Team||2005|
|Female Team of 12||11:51:10||Simon Says||2005|
|Mixed Team of 12||9:07:57||Family Feud||2006|
Teams Overall Time (new course, post-2007)
|Open Team of 4||7:54:33||Geese||2020|
|Female Team of 4||10:19:45||Bike Culture girls plus a paddler||2008|
|Female Team of 4 all over 50||10:47:51||Go Go Girls 50+||2007|
|Female Team of 4 all over 60||11:52:39||Go Go Girls Over 60||2017|
|Mixed Team of 4||8:40:12||Entropic||2010|
|Open Team of 12||8:57:14||Dark Horse||2008|
|Female Team of 12||11:42:54||The Queen Bees||2018|
|Mixed Team of 12||9:03:08||East Jindy Pirates||2020|
Teams Fastest Splits
|Leg||Record Holder-Male||Time||Year||Record Holder-Female||Time||Year|
|1st Swim||Jan Celustka||18:30||2006||Shanyn Sparreboom||19:44||2010|
|1st Paddle||Ian Kennerley||38:35||2011||Deanna Blegg||46:27||2011|
|1st Run||Ryan Cross||25:04||2017||Sally Parker||31:22||2011|
|1st Bike (old)||Kevin Moore||31:31||2007||Jane Scheer||38:16||2006|
|1st Bike (new)||Brent Miller||27:34||2011||Zoe Cuthbert||32:08||2019|
|2nd Swim||Jason Moore||32:12||2006||Heather Evans||34:24||2005|
|2nd Paddle||Jamie McCrudden||20:29||2019||Brea Roadley||25:53||2020|
|2nd Bike||Tristan White||21:34||2019||Linda Stahlgren||28:35||2019|
|2nd Run||John Nay||53:25||2005||Julie Quinn||1:12:26||2011|
|3rd Bike (old)||Simon Niemeyer||1:12:04||2005||Penny Burrell||1:27:09||2005|
|3rd Bike (new)||Kelsey Boreham||1:48:43||2018||Zoe Cuthbert||2:11:07||2019|
|3rd Swim (old)||Jan Celustka||13:03||2006||Heather Evans||14:27||2005|
|3rd Swim (new)||Jacques Lepron||17:14||2016||Shanyn Sparreboom||16:09||2010|
|3rd Paddle||Cameron Cox||39:55||2018||Gabrielle Hurley||53:28||2011|
|3rd Run||Bart McPherson||15:52||2010||Alex Keith||19:22||2018|
Transitions and driving instructions
A crucial aspect of this event: finding your way from one transition point to the next, on time! Due to limited parking space, there is a limit of one vehicle per team at each transition. Drive over the course and plan your strategy in advance. A good map of the area is indispensable. With the aid of a map, the following instructions may be of assistance...
For the full flavour of the event, we strongly recommend you read some of the first-hand accounts of the race from previous competitors, both Solo Athletes and Teams, collected in the story archive.
We welcome your story – either as a competitor, helper or spectator! Please send your story with photos if possible, to [email protected] for inclusion in the Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic story archive.
2020 Mar 8thSri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic, Jindabyne, Sunday 8 March 2020
The 2020 race saw the closest and most exciting competition among the solo men ever seen at this event, with the lead changing 7 times in the course of the day and the slenderest gap of a mere 59 seconds at the finish line between 1st and 2nd placings. It was a race between 3 varied challengers: Michael Brennan, a former winner of this race but carrying an injury which might or might not play a part over such an extended day of exertion; newly-arrived Jindabyne local Josh Campton, a gun XTerra and Cross Tri World Championship entrant with local knowledge but not yet proven over this distance; and Melbourne 1st-timer Ian Lack, a quality, experienced multiple-Ironman triathlete.
Never far behind this trio was the consistent Craig Maskiell, who worked his way around the course with calm determination and consistency to claim a new record for the Solo Male 50 and Over, with his outstanding overall time of 11:22:53, and 4th place overall. Following Craig in the Under 50s category were Adam Carter (11:41:42) and Glen Sinnott (12:09:41) – who deserve the highest praise for conquering such a daunting, demanding challenge in one of the toughest days out imaginable.
Back to the front of the field, where the drama played out as part cat-and-mouse, part chess match and part endurance meditation, as the greater and lesser strengths (none of these athletes could be said to have weaknesses!) of each of the contenders came into focus. While Josh Campton made his greatest impression on the long 12.5km run up to Sawpit Creek, his hard-earned gains dissolved in the mud and drizzle of the following gruelling mountain bike leg. Ian Lack played the patient game, steadily working his way closer and closer to the lead – perhaps if there had been 13 legs or the final run had been longer he might have clasped the laurel wreath… while Michael Brennan’s experience was a key factor, the single greatest difference among the 3 proved to be Michael’s swimming prowess – the time he made up in each of the 3 swimming legs (including new course records for both the 1st and 3rd swims) proving enough of a buffer to hold off all the others could claw back in other disciplines.
TEAMS OF 2-4
With the race being held on International Women’s Day this year, it was notable that for the first time ever, there were no solo women contestants, nor any all-female teams. We anticipate this drought is only temporary, and 2021 will again see female participants aplenty.
“Geese” (T4 Open – comprising the quartet of Roy Norris, Tristan White, Gary Reed and Miles Waring) was the stand-out team of the day, clocking a phenomenal course record finishing time of 7:54:33, a dizzy new benchmark for aspiring teams to reach for in future years. Next home was “Team Ware + Jack” (Jason, Marc & Harrison Ware + Jack Murphy swimming) in 8:36:53. After the 1st swim leg, these two teams were 1st and 2nd respectively at every single transition, showing solid strength in all disciplines. “Aprosexias” was the 3rd T4 Open team in 9:49:30 (Andrew Tooher, Jon King, Ben Hams & Jonathan Hannam).
The Mixed T4 category was conquered by Melbourne’s super-pairing of Bernadette Dornam – who completed 7 legs – and Myall Quint (“Powered by Bern”), winning in 9:48:43. Hopefully Bernadette saw enough of the course to inspire her to return next year as a solo entrant! Local family ensemble of Winter-sport specialists “Team Evans Zijlstra” (daughters Zana & Abbey with dad Anthony Evans and mum Carla Zijlstra) took 2nd placing with a fine 10:04:45; from 3rd placed Canberra trio “32 Flavours Bilbys” (Sarah Mareuil, Lee Steel & Steven Hanley) with 10:18:47.
TEAMS OF 5-12
“East Jindy Pirates” (Matt Tonner, Jamie Taylor, Niki Fisher, Yvette Burns, Jeanette Korten, Trent Lowe, Jason Furtner & Em Hardwick) sailed from East Jindabyne for a daring and successful raid on the treasure chest of course records, taking off with the new fastest time for T12 Mixed of 9:03:08 and throwing down the gauntlet to any other marauders who might like to challenge for the prize in future years. They enjoyed nearly a one hour buffer ahead of 2nd-placed “Knerds” (Salome Hussein, Andrew Garvie, Chris Waring, Suzie Gunning and Mike Hotchkis) in 9:59:51, with the final podium placing going to another local team, “Race to the Brewery” (Michael Quinlan, Bill Hunter, Sinikka Christo, Ouchy Wirth, Cam Ballinger and Alex Williamson) with 10:12:09.
While the T12 Mixed category was dominated by local teams, the T12 Open saw loyal supporters of this race from further afield come to the fore, with loyal Goulburn outfit “Release the Cracken-back No. 4 Pete” (Mark & Olivia Stutchbury, Rod Smith, Andy Dawes, Jacqui & Andrew Oberg) cruising into 1st place with a fine showing of 9:11:30; from the pioneer ensemble of “Aviator’s Beach Club” (Dave Hayes, Shane Lund, Andy Thomas, Sean Davis, Richard Palmer & Pete Hansen) overcoming an inspired, elongated middle paddle leg to claim 2nd with 9:44:58; while “All Hands on Deck” (Amelia Cook, Sander Van Tol, Jo Vanderley, John Astridge, Scott Crerar and Barry Fields) took 3rd spot in 11:13:10.
This race not only has 12 legs of 4 varied disciplines on water and land, it also involves multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders, all of whom play crucial roles in the ultimate staging of a successful, enjoyable event for all involved. Our special gratitude goes to June Weston of “Michael’s” for permission to ride on her land; Jenny Crowe of Snowy Hydro (owners of the lake and foreshores); Sophie Ballinger of Snowy Monaro Council (administrators of the land and activities thereon); Andrew Miller & Kerry Coomber of Kosciuszko National Park (the long run and long ride); Les Threlfo and his expert, friendly team from Jindabyne Marine Rescue; the wonderful Jindabyne Trail Stewardship team (MTB tracks for the 1st and middle rides); NSW RMS for Road Occupancy Licence for the on-road section of the long MTB course & for Aquatic Licence covering activities on the lake; Jindabyne Sailing Club; Doug Chatten for medic support; Andy Walker for sweeping of all 3 mountain bike legs; Matt Barnes, Robin Ward & David Campbell for additional kayak water-safety; Troy Dowd of Snowy Monaro Council for traffic & signage assistance; Alina McMaster & Tom, Archie & Jackson Landon-Smith for general logistics & keeping everyone’s spirits high; and to volunteer helpers of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Mongolia, Latvia, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Geelong and Canberra.
2019 Mar 10thSri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic, Jindabyne, Sunday 10 March 2019
The Solo Champions
Michael Brennan’s athletic career continues to amaze and transcend: for someone who has already achieved so much in so many fields, it was appropriate that a victory be added in an event which demands such a comprehensive palette of skills and fitness, a victory which had until now eluded him. Michael’s superb time of 9:36:10 placed him second-fastest individual since the long and arduous 3rd mountain bike leg was added in 2008, and saw him trail only 7 multi-person teams on the day. En route, Michael set a new fastest time for the long 2.5km swim leg with 39:20. Although he finished first, Michael was the last to depart from the finish area, maintaining his full involvement and enthusiasm for the race by offering appreciation and support to all his fellow competitors until nightfall beckoned us all home.
Geoff Breese is another champion whose effervescent energy continues to overflow after the finish line is crossed: Geoff’s main goal appears to be enjoyment of the occasion, which he does not try to hide and is infectious to all around, athletes and volunteers alike. Meanwhile his wholehearted engagement with the race produces some amazing results, including another victory in the Male Over 50 category with 11:51:19, even bettering his “official” race record from last year!
Two first-time solo participants completed the epic journey today: Nigel Doyle is the first solo entrant ever from Darwin, and now holds the record for Northern Territory residents of 12:39:53. Nigel’s experience paddling in the surf proved very useful in the choppy conditions of the 3rd paddle leg, while his steadfast determination and positive outlook saw him maintain a remarkable consistency throughout the journey.
Meanwhile Dean McMaster was solely focused on finishing, his willpower overruling the innumerable obstacles tossed up by this long and testing day. It was a great joy to welcome Dean across the finish line in 12:53:32, a triumph by any reckoning.
Teams of 2 – 4
The team of “Once Were Intact” (Andrew and David Griffin, David Peedom and Rohan Essex) came to Jindabyne as defending T4 Open champions and record holders, and gave the course a mighty good race today. For the first half of the event, the lead changed several times between themselves and “Geese” (Sharon Crisafi, Garry Reed, Miles Waring and Tristan White), as both contenders drew further clear of the rest of the field and left organisers scrambling to be in position at the transitions in time for their arrival. “Geese” were too good in the back half of the course however, closing with a 14-minute buffer by the finish line in an all-round classy performance, featuring a course record for the newly-designed 2nd mountain bike eg of 21:34 from Tristan White. 3rd placed “Bin City” (Brock Neall, Jamie McCrudden, Ian Kennerley and Al Boyle) were also consistently excellent across all disciplines, including a new course record for the 2nd paddle leg of 20:29 for Jamie McCrudden.
The T4 Mixed category was won by the impressive husband-and-wife pair of “Team Pogue” (Christine and Ryan), from the trio of “Dave’s BJ’s” (Josh Campton, Dave Snedden and Bonnie Prior), with “Less is More” (Penny Frost, Dave Newton, Richard and Kylie Smyth) rounding out the podium placings. Linda Stahlgren of “Magic 8 ball” also established a new record time for the 2nd mountain bike leg of 28:35.
Sadly there were no teams entered in the T4 Female category this year…
Teams of 5 – 12
The Goulburn grouping of Andrew and Jacqueline Oberg, Andrew Dawes, Rod Smith, Mark Stutchbury and Kerry Baxter came together as “We Perisher-thought – 4 Pete” to take out the T12 Open category in a blink under the span of 9 hours in 8:59:38 after a demanding day which saw them rising above all setbacks and challengers. 2nd placed “Knerds” (Julie and Chris Waring, Andrew Garvie, Mike Hotchkiss and Suzie Gunning) crossed the line in 9:26:02, from perennial podium placegetters “Aviator’s Beach Club” (Dave Hayes, Jack Jessen, Jordan Kelly, Wayne Bradbury, Pete Hansen and Andrew Thomas) took out 3rd with 9:48:31 – swimmer Dave Hayes was so determined to cover the entire course of the first 1.5km leg in the fog, he ended up swimming perhaps further and taking even longer than for the second swim of 2.5km.
The always lively and colourful ensemble “Kaos” (Cassia and Pia Cunningham, Aoihbinn Crimmins, Zoe and Ella Cuthbert, Adrienne Nicotra and Tara Sutherland) smashed the previous best time for the T12 All-Female category with an impressive outing of 10:15:31. Zoe Cuthbert had an exceptional day, setting new best times for both the 1st (32:08) and 3rd (2:11:07) mountain bike legs for her team.
“Results Racing” (Michelle Welch, Emily Stewart-Reed, Michael Reed, Matthew Shadwell, Laura Curran, Gordon Campbell, Robert Mudford and Anna McPherson) were the standout team of the T12 Mixed contenders, winning in a convincing 9:35:50, while a closer race ensued between 2nd placed local team “Cami Jebisi” (Sinikka Christo, William Hunter, Michael Quinlan, Cameron Ballinger and Jennifer Lloyd) who finished in 10:15:56, just a few minutes ahead of 3rd placed “Quangers and Mash” (Georgy Falster, Clint Shinn, Luke and Jess Perkins, Brett Cuthbertson, Vanessa Palmer, Emily O’Halloran and Bernardo Palma) in 10:21:06.
The 1st Swim Leg
Setting out the first swim course in the dark, it was not apparent just how thick was the fog which had settled over the lake in the pre-dawn – so dense that the marker buoys simply could not be seen by swimmers or support paddlers. It is to all swimmer’s credit that groups formed in the gloom and all were able to return to shore safely, by whatever route necessary. In future if such a phenomenon occurs, laps of a shortened course close to the shore will be adopted, the length of the course determined by the necessity of clear visibility between marker buoys.
Note on Course Records
Given the significantly revised and shortened legs for the 2nd paddle and 2nd mountain bike courses, the best times set on these legs from this year are automatically listed as new course records, along with other leg records established during the race. However due to the uncertainties surrounding the distance swum by most of the field for the first swim leg, overall times from today will not be considered for overall course records.
Gratitude to All!
Sincere thanks to all involved with such a complex operation on so many levels: to the authorities and staff of Snowy Monaro Regional Council (especially Sophie Ballinger), Snowy Hydro (especially Jenny Crowe), NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (especially Andrew Miller), NSW Police, NSW Roads & Maritime Services; to Les Threlfo and his team from the Volunteer Marine Service; to Rohan Kennedy for medical support; to David Campbell, Nick Graham & Matt Barnes for paddling safety support; and to volunteer helpers of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Mongolia, Ukraine, New Zealand and Australia.
2018 Mar 4thSri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic, Jindabyne, 4 March 2018
The Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic, Jindabyne is an expression and a celebration not only of multiple sports but of multiple capacities and facets of the human heart: courage, enthusiasm, perseverance, sacrifice, camaraderie, sympathy, faith and the joy and satisfaction in one’s own and others’ achievements are all on grand display throughout this epic day. No-one who participates in this event in any way – whether as competitor, organiser, supporter or spectator – ends the day the same person they were at the start: all are uplifted and greatened by the fulness and richness of the experience.
Alina McMaster gave us all a McMaster-class in multi-sport and endurance racing today, combining two supreme qualities of power and grace in a consummate overall performance of 11:49:50. Without the time for long hours of training which forms the diet of most elite athletes, Alina showed the immense worth of experience, enthusiasm, faith and sheer love of her sport. She starting at a cracking pace, setting new solo course records for the first paddle (54:20), run (38:18) and mountain bike (46:15) legs. Thereafter her tenacity was paramount, though always expressed with a smile. Alina’s was an inspiring presence throughout the field and throughout the day, attracting tremendous appreciation and admiration from all competitors and spectators right up to the finish line.
The Solo Male (Under 50) race was an epic; an inspiring and beautiful exhibition of human will, athleticism, heart-power and endurance between two good friends, Klayten Smith of Sydney and Michael Brennan of Canberra. Michael set down a loud and clear marker right from the first swim, leading the field out in a new course record of 20:35 for the 1.5km, already a lead of nearly 5 minutes. If anyone was going to catch him, they would have to work for it! Klayten made up some ground in the paddle and run legs, but after the long 2.5km swim, Michael’s swimming prowess saw his lead stretch to 14 minutes. From this point on, Klayten’s quiet persistence and limitless endurance came to the fore. At the end of the long run up the Pallaibo and Waterfall Loop tracks, the lead was only 3 minutes. The pair rode together the first half of the long mountain bike leg through the National Park, chatting amiably, until Klayten drew away and proceeded to build an unassailable 13 minute buffer by the end of this gruelling leg, for which he broke his own solo course record with a new awesome time of 2:18:16. This margin would grow to over 20 minutes by the finish, with Klayten’s 9:38:03 one of the fastest ever recorded, and earning him a top-10 placing outright, amongst all the specialist relay teams. It was a great privilege to witness two true champions offering all their inner and outer capacities to uplift the whole tone and mood of the event.
First-Time solo participant Ben Rocket was progressing well through the legs, pacing himself wisely, but was forced to withdraw leading into the long run. It was after this same telling leg that Over 50 Male stalwart, Jon School was also withdrawn from the race. Jon was forced to watch from the sidelines as his friend and rival, the smiling Geoff Breeze from Wagga, kept his focus and form to take Jon’s Over 50 Male course record with a new best time of 11:53:38.
Our gratitude, respect and love flows especially to all the Solo competitors, for it is your amazing commitment and superlative sacrifice that is the true soul of this incredible race.
TEAMS OF 2 - 4
“Once Were Intact” – David and Andrew Griffin, David Peedom and Rohan Essex – took full advantage of a fine day for racing, to obliterate the outright course record and win the Open Teams of 4 category in a stunning combined performance of 8:05:18. From the time rider Rohan Essex passed Solo race leader Michael Brennan on the first mountain bike leg, the team never looked back and continually increased their lead. Course marshals and transition crews were scrambling to be in position in time, and were then faced with nearly one hour’s wait for the next team through! Fortunately the team brought their families as support crew, otherwise there would have been almost no-one to applaud their stupendous performance at the finish line.
Next Open Team of 4 were “Struggle Street” – Cameron Butler, Cameron Cox, John Maloney and Isaac Strachan – in 9:17:32, notable for a new record of 39:55 from Cameron Cox for the final paddle leg; with 3rd placed “Magic 8 Ball” – Daniel Gough, James Suthern, George Murray and Glen Sinnott – 5 minutes back in 9:22:55.
The Mixed Teams of 4 category was won handsomely by the pair of “TnT” – Tim Boote and Teagan Belfrage – in 9:52:15. A former solo winner of the race, Tim proved an excellent support for Teagan, whose time of 2:21:32 set a new female record for the long bike leg. The ever-dependable “32 Flavours” – the trio of Katie Binstock, Steve Hanley and Ron Brent – took 2nd placing in 10:04:09; with “Keeping It Real” – Teresa Wynter, Nick Grey, Andrew Lane and Nicholas Moyle – claiming 3rd in 10:23:37.
TEAMS OF 5 - 12
The closest and most thrilling finish of the race came in the Open Teams of 5-12. Two teams had traded the lead in this category throughout the day, and as destiny would have it, it would all come down to the final leg. Miles Waring had to run literally the fastest split of the day (16:42) over the final 5km to clinch victory in 9:01:42 by a mere 9 seconds for his team “Knerds” – Howard Roby, Andrew Garvie, Elise Stewart, Miles and Chris Waring – from a noble “Aviator’s Beach Club” – Dave Hayes, Shane Lund, Andrew Thomas, Richard Palmer, Sean Davis and Pete Hansen – in 9:01:51. 3rd placing went to Goulburn’s “Jindabeen There Again” – Mark and Olivia Stutchbury, Rodney Smith, Kurt Warn and Andy Dawes in 9:26:14.
“The Queen Bees” morphed from an Open to an All-Female team the evening before the race: a smart move which culminated in a category win in 11:42:54. The set-up of Amy Bainbridge, Melissa Backhouse, Carli Shillito, Nicole Barwick, Rach Robson and Megan Divett were happy trophy winners after a splendid day out.
“Team Pav” – Matt Tonner, Yvette Burns, Jason Further, Caroline Kuiper and Glenn Allen – took out the Mixed Teams of 5-12 in 9:24:51. Next home in this category was Canberra’s “Sport and Spinal Physio” – Craig and Zoe Honeybrook, Kelly and Tim Shillington, Claire Campbell, Arty Dziouba, Leanne Wright, Freddy Koche and Simon David – in 9:44:06; with “Resultz Racing” taking 3rd in 10:04:21, comprising Siobhan Palmer, Emily, Stewart-Reed, Rob Mudford, Michael Reed, James Allen, John and Anna McPherson.
Other male course records among the teams included Tristan White’s fine time of 22:21 for the second bike leg for team “Geese”; and Kelsey Boreham’s (team “Grab-a-Kab”) sensational new best time of 1:48:43 for the long second bike leg. A wonderful final 5km run from Alex Keith saw her set a new female course record time for this leg of just 19:22.
An event of this magnitude relies on the enthusiastic support, cooperation and service of numerous people, mostly heroes-behind-the-scenes. We are very grateful to Paul Gardiner for riding “sweep" for all 3 bike legs; to June Weston for permission to ride over her land; to Doug Chatten for medical support throughout the long day; to Les Threlfo and the VMS for logistical and safety support on all swim and paddle legs; to Snowy Hydro, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW Police, NSW RMS and Snowy Monaro Council for permits and permissions to stage the race within their respective jurisdictions; to Andrew Miller for operating the barge service to and from Creel Bay; to David Campbell, Robin Ward and Matt Barnes for paddle safety support on all 3 swim courses; to traffic marshals Steve Gilmore and Brad Fraser; to Miller Merrigan for permission to occupy their construction site on Rainbow Drive; and to members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Mongolia, New Zealand, Perth, Brisbane, Torquay and Canberra.
2017 Mar 5thSri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic, Jindabyne, 5 March 2017
For participants, helpers, supporters and onlookers, the Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic is a stage on which shines our better nature: a day of epic competition; intense personal battles; of inner and outer struggle; of physical, emotional and mental triumphs; of selfless sacrifices; unexpected challenges, underlying exuberance and – ultimately – unmitigated exhilaration. It is the spirit of life laid bare, grasped, embraced and celebrated.
To quote from last year’s race report: “The race among the Solo Males proved to be an epic …It was the first paddle leg however, that revealed the most crucial factor in the ultimate contest – the superior paddling power of defending champion Tim Boote… Tim drew away from Klayten Smith in the final paddle leg to win in the end by a convincing 7 minutes. Both smashed the course record which Tim had set only the year before, his new mark now standing at 9:41:17.”
For this year’s report, I was tempted to cut and paste from 2016, amending only a few crucial details: just as it was Tim’s superior paddling which won the race last year, so it was Klayten’s much improved paddling – coupled with his already superb prowess in other disciplines – which earned him a famous victory in 2017. En route though, an unparalleled drama unfolded. Inspiration is a powerful force: in the true spirit of transcendence, it is possible that without Tim’s superlative performance last year, Klayten might not have had such a lofty goal to inspire him to discover just what he is capable of. Tim collected a new leg record for solo athletes of 32:34 for the challenging 1st mountain bike and was clearly in rare form. His finish time of 9:30:28 eclipsed his own course record (again) by 11 minutes, racing dauntlessly to the very finish line, never faltering in his lion-hearted purpose. Yet Klayten was today racing in another, even more rarefied realm: his 9:21:37 setting a stratospheric standard for this event. Almost collapsing upon crossing the finish line, Klayten’s face and whole being were witness to a supreme offering of body, life-energy, mind, heart and soul to a higher goal. We were privileged to witness such a contest unfold throughout an engrossing day; an inspiring and thrilling master class of athleticism, courage, dedication, discipline, sacrifice and soaring aspiration from two Himalayan athletes.
Tom Brazier and Paul Cuthbert are among Australia’s top ultra-distance trail runners, both having previously won the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra. Notwithstanding some previous experience with adventure racing, both were entering uncharted territory by even contemplating this event: to finish 3rd and 4th in the Solo category was an outstanding day out from each of these champions. The ebullient Geoff Breese from Wagga Wagga, owner of the Over 50’s course record for Canberra’s Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, ventured to Jindabyne for the first time and had a superb race, finishing in 12:25:26, tussling with age group course record-holder Jon Schol throughout until Jon was forced to withdraw at Creel Bay. The other soloist, Matthew Sheather, found himself suffering from the cold and wisely withdrew from the fray after the second paddle leg: an experience he plans to build on in preparation for another campaign to this race next year.
The only overall teams course record to be set this year was a wondrous 11:52:39 by the “Go Go Girls Over 60” – the indefatigable team of Sue Archer along with sisters Helen, Jean and Peggy Douglass. Precisely 10 years after they dazzled Jindabyne with their “Go Go Girls 50+” record in 2007, these sprightly girls staged another world-class display to leave us at once humbled and speechless. We eagerly await their return for many years more!
With each passing year, the individual leg records become more and more difficult to better, yet 2017 saw some outstanding efforts that accomplished just that: Ryan Cross blitzing the 1st run leg in 25:04; Zoe Cuthbert beating almost all of the men on the technical 1st MTB course in 33:36; and Vanessa Knee burning up the 2nd MTB route in 29:02. Special mention to Tom Fisher, who missed the MTB2 record of 24:27, by a mere one second.
The Jindabyne ensemble of “Splash, Dash, Crash and Smash” (Katrina Nicholl, Sue Machin, Vanessa Knee and Cath Bylett) took out the T4 Female category in 11:00:06 – hopefully next year they can shave off that extra 7 seconds to come home in under 11 hours. Next all-female team of 4 was “Girl power” (Nicolee Martin, Susie Sprague, Claire Edwards and Litsa Polygerinos) in 11:17:07.
Leading the field throughout the day was an enthralling and – at least for us spectators, highly entertaining – duel between two T4 Open teams: the foursome of David Peedom, Rohan Essex, David and Andrew Griffin of “Once were Intact” battling with the pair of “Fish and the Cro” – Ryan Cross and Brad Fisher. The lead swapped repeatedly throughout the day, though “Fish and the Cro” would seem to have an unassailable lead at Creel Bay of 5 minutes with only 2 legs remaining … yet the final paddle leg has proven the Waterloo of many a campaign, with this year no exception. “Once were Intact” seized their opportunity to press home and take line honours in 8:20:32 ahead of “Fish and the Cro” in 8:29:46 and another impressive pairing of “TRI-X Performance” (Tom Fisher and John Morton) in 8:58:55.
The latest incarnation of Steve Hanley’s “32 Flavours”, teaming with daughter-father combo of Millie and Ron Brent, cruised home to take out the T4 Mixed category in 10:18:02; from 2nd placed “NFR” (Jenna Chiffey, Dan Smith, Tristyn Lowe and Simon Plum) in 10:30:28; while completing the podium in this category were “Must Have Fun” (Katie Binstock, Joe Andrews, Emma Johnson and Rebecca Thomson) in 10:35:18 – notably a team in which females completed 9 of the 12 legs.
“Aviator’s Beach Club” – one of the famous team names returning to this epic event – comprising Dave Hayes, Shane Lund, Andrew Thomas, Richard Palmer, Sean Davis and Peter Hansen, took out the T12 Open category in an impressive 9:15:58, after an enthralling day’s racing with 3 other teams: “Knerds” (Julie, Miles & Chris Waring, Andrew Garvie, & Howard Roby) finished in 9:28:43; while 3rd place ended up as almost a sprint finish between “United Nations 3” (Jacques Lepron, Jonathan Schaffer, Chris Buchanan, Christian de la Rica & David Roberts) in 9:35:02 from “Geese” (Elise Stewart, Greg Dolgopolov, Michael Hotchkiss, Rob Watson & David Griffith) who just missed out on the podium with a 4th placed 9:35:20.
The T12 Mixed category was won by “South Coasters” (Jana Kuznik, Mark & Julie Moore, Mike, McKenzie, Paul, Clayton & Beck O’Brien) in 9:46:59; 2nd place went to “Stuffed Toys and Stuffed Parents” (Gary Rolfe, Mark McDonald, Amanda & Matt Koerber, Rob Hayes, Danielle Winslow, David Simpfendorfer, Melanie Simpson & Janet Street) in 10:20:36; and 3rd place to “Kaos” (Cassia, Saul & Pia Cunningham, Mike & Jesse Dunlop, Zoe & Ella Cuthbert and Adrienne Nicotra) in 11:15:01.
Our award for best team name this year goes to “The Abominable Slow-Men” :-)
Immense gratitude to Les Threlfo and his tireless team from the Jindabyne Volunteer Marine Rescue, who had to step up when the National Parks barge broke down mid-ferry service to and from Creel Bay, coinciding with the onset of the storm; Rohan Kennedy the medic; Paul Gardiner of Rolling Ground for sweeping all 3 MTB legs; Soren, Tim & Matt for paddle support on the 3 swim courses; June Weston for graciously allowing us to ride across her land; to Andrew Miller and the staff of Kosciuszko National Park; staff of Snowy Hydro, Showy Monaro Shire Council, NSW RMS, Queanbeyan Police, and volunteer helpers from the Sri Chinmoy Centres of Chicago, Ulaanbaatar, Christchurch, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Shepparton and Canberra.
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