The Challenge Shepparton Triathlon Festival has once again entertained the population of Greater Shepparton with fast-paced action across a number of events.
Almost 1000 triathletes took to the course around Victoria Park Lake, battling it out for supremacy or in some cases just for the fun of it.
Competitors from across the world came to town, with Hungary’s Anna Eberhardt claiming the marquee female event, while Brisbane’s Dan Wilson went back-to-back in the men’s category in his penultimate professional race.
It was not all about the professionals, with sprint, enticer, classic, fun run, junior and team events all contested during the weekend.
None of the proceedings would have been possible without the huge efforts of the volunteers, though.
Challenge donates to the nominated community groups of the 50 volunteers who manned drink, athlete safety and other stations around the course, with more than $4000 expected to be injected into their respective organisations.
‘‘Challenge Shepparton Triathlon Festival is only made possible by the hard work of our fantastic volunteers from community groups such as First North Scout Group, Rotary Clubs of Shepparton and Mooroopna, Shepparton Rowing Club, the Mooroopna Junior Fire Brigade, Shepparton FNC and St Luke’s Primary School,’’ volunteer manager Jody McClaren said.
With this year also marking the 20th staging of the triathlon in Shepparton, Shepparton Tri Club president Troy Hadfield was excited his town continued to enjoy the festivities.
‘‘Shepparton is a great place for triathlon, the community really embraces the event,’’ he said.