Triathlon distances reduced as wild weather hits beach
UPDATE: Mooloolaba Triathlon competitors are set to start from the eastern end of Mooloolaba Beach, with athletes to complete reduced swim leg distances.
Organisers, having consulted with Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club, confirmed late Saturday that standard distance athletes will swim 750m and sprint distance athletes will swim 375m.
At the completion of the swim leg, they will run about 1.5km along the beach to transition.
Organisers said they will continue to monitor water conditions and provide updates if anything changes between 4om Saturday and the start of the race early Sunday.
There had been some fears during the week the swim leg could be cancelled due to a buildings well and strengthening southerly winds.
ROUGH surf could force organisers to cancel the swim in Sunday's Mooloolaba Triathlon.
The building swell and strengthening southerly wind has already reduced the swim legs of both events to be shortened.
Race organisers announced on Friday night that the swim legs will be halved and moved to the more sheltered area of the Mooloolaba bay. If conditions continue to deteriorate the swim will be cancelled.
"Athletes competing in the Standard Distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) event will now swim 750 meters and Sprint Distance (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) athletes will now swim 375 meters," the announcement said.
"In addition to the reduced swim leg, the swim will be moved to the eastern end of Mooloolaba Beach where it is more protected.
"After completing the swim course, athletes will run approximately 1.5km back to transition to commence their bike leg. The bike and run course will remain unchanged.
"In the event that surf conditions deteriorate further, the swim element will be cancelled and athletes will be able to complete unchanged bike and run courses. The race will commence via a rolling start from the original swim exit in front of Loo With a View."
A final decision regarding the race format will issued at 4pm Saturday.
Competitors have also been banned from using disc wheels due to predicted strong southerly winds.
More than 3000 athletes are due to take part on Sunday.