MANY of Australia's top triathletes are well into their training for the Life Education weekend of triathlons which for the first time will be part of the new Tricoast national series.
All the races will be held on the weekend of February 5 and 6, the Sunday event featuring up to 600 age group athletes competing in the Olympic distance format for the opportunity to represent Australia in the 2005 world triathlon championships in Hawaii.
The national series races will see some of the best male and female elite triathletes in Australia competing for points and prizemoney.
In previous years the Bananacoast Life Education triathlon has always been run in March or April but was moved to coincide with the national series race.
Coffs Harbour City Council has been instrumental in bringing together Triathlon Australia and the organising committee of the Bananacoast Life Education Triathlon to further develop the event.
The Life Education Triathlons will be held in conjunction with the first race of the national series.
The popular junior races for ages four to 14 will be held on Saturday, February 5.
The business houses teams events will be included in the program of races for Sunday, February 6.
Coffs Harbour deputy mayor, Cr Ian Hogbin, who has competed in eight triathlons and is taking part in this year's event said the Bananacoast Triathlon has been a mainstay of the Coffs Coast sporting calendar for many years has given a great deal of support to the work of the Life Education campaign in Coffs Harbour schools with money raised from the race.
"By bringing Triathlon Australia together with the event organisers, we hope to see the race brought to a new audience and a new level," he said.
Triathlon Australia, the governing body for triathlons, will present the Life Education Foundation with $10,000 to enable them to carry out their schools program in 2005.
A major prize of a 68cm colour television will be awarded to the school with the highest number of entries in the Life Education races on February 5.
Entries for all races can be made online at www.triathlon.org.au