Perfect weather - by general concensus the best ever for the event - blessed the athletes, organisers and spectators for the 8th Triple-Triathlon staged by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in and around Canberra on Sunday 21 November 2004.
For the first time since the inception of the event, all Individual Competitors finished the race dubbed as "tougher than Ironman." Not only were the fastest Team times quicker than ever, even the last Individual Competitor across the line came in over 3 hours faster than some previous years.
The mood at the transitions and the finish line was up-beat. Ideal conditions, a challenging and scenic course, great camaraderie amongst competitors and fast personal times led to smiles and a festive atmosphere all round. No-one even got seriously lost.
For complete results, including split times and category placings for each leg, please click here.
For updated course records, click here.
For photo gallery part 1, click here.
For photo gallery part 2, click here.
The popularity of the Triple-Tri has inspired the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to announce a new Multi-Sport Classic to be staged in and around Lake Jindabyne on Sunday 20 March 2005. The race will consist of 3 legs of swimming; 3 legs of kayaking; 3 legs of mountain biking and 3 legs of running. Like the Triple-Tri, it will be open to Individual Competitors; Teams of 3 and Teams of 4 - 12 members. Full details will be available on this website in a few weeks.
Share your stories and photos from the Triple-Tri! Whether you participated as an Indiviudal Competitor, Team member, support crew or volunteer, we'd be delighted to publish your impressions and tales from this special day in our Triple-Tri Archive. You may submit your stories and photos by mail or fax, or please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have them in electronic form. All original writing is appreciated. To read stories from previous years' Triple-Tris, please click here.
Our thanks to Russell Baker for his expert and comprehensive timing and results service; to the Gungahlin Volunteer Brigade for providing marshals and emergency radio coverage across the course; to Sports Medicine Australia for first aid assistance for all 9 legs; to paramedic Craig Hooper who was on hand from dawn till dusk; Canberra Canoe Club and YMCA Sailing Club for assistance on the water; Bernard Page race referee and technical delegate; Triathlon ACT for sanctioning and equipment; Rob Docherty for technical support with the online entry system; and members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from around Australia.
Most significantly, our heartfelt thanks to the Triple-Tri family of athletes: it is you who give life to this race each year. The heart and soul of the Triple-Tri lies in your enthusiasm, love and wholehearted commitment to this one perfect day.
See you again soon.