12 Nov 2018
BENDIGO – Victoria’s historic goldfields are gearing up for a weekend of off-road action at the end of November with the hosting of the Victorian Cross Triathlon State Championships; a world championship qualifier; and round three of an all new Australian trail running series, Trail Run Australia.
Triathlon Victoria, the state governing body for triathlon have awarded the state championships to the TreX event in Bendigo as part of the Victorian State Series. The 2018/19 Victorian State Series title is awarded to both individuals (State Series Award) and clubs/squads (State Series Shield) based on results from selected multisport events across the 2018/19 season.
The TreX series has long been at the forefront of this unique form of triathlon in Australia which takes the traditional format of the sport and mixes it with a huge helping of heart, guts, mud and dirt as athletes take on a unique challenge with a swim, mountain bike and trail run, where the challenge is as much with mother nature as it is against other athletes.
Victorian championship contenders will tackle a challenging 1,500m swim in the wide expansive waters of beautiful Crusoe Reservoir, followed 30km of heart pumping XC mountain biking in Bendigo Regional Park, and then finishing off with a 10km trail run which challenges runners at every turn as it traverses through the Box Ironbark forests of Number 7 Park, a historic part of Bendigo’s gold mining history.
The cleverly designed reservoir and water purification system was the first of its kind in Australia in supplying treated drinking water to Bendigo’s gold miners of the
1860s. The settling ponds, the basin and channel system can still be seen today as you journey around the Box Ironbark forest, all of which runners can experience as part of TreX Goldfields and Trail Run Australia.
Athletes will also be racing for a place in the team to represent Australia at the ITU World MultiSport Championships to be held in Spain in 2019 with the event also being announced by Triathlon Australia as a world championship qualifier.
Event Director, Robyn Lazenby from In2Adventure, the team who won the successful bid to bring the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships to Australia in 2016 told us that;
“We are so thrilled to once again welcome the best of Australian Off Road athletes to Bendigo’s historic goldfields for the Victorian State Championships. The area lends itself so incredibly to all the off road action that TreX can deliver. The trail run is one of the most challenging and diverse of the series, taking in river courses, log runs and steep rocky gullies, taking athletes on a challenging, historic and awe inspiring journey.”
Bendigo was also chosen as the destination to host round three of the newly launched Trail Run Australia series which takes runners to some of the most iconic and scenic destinations in Australia with four races in three states in 2018/19.
And it’s not just a weekend for elite athletes. TreX Cross Triathlon offers courses and distances for all ages and abilities including Standard, Sprint, Junior, Teaser and Dirt Kids events.
Trail Run Australia includes half marathon, 11k and 5k options as well as a free kids’ mud rats event. This makes it an ideal weekend for hardcore racers, weekend warriors, families or those who just want to get into the great outdoors to visit one of Australia’s most scenic and historic regions to enjoy the challenge of off road racing.
The Bendigo Coast MultiSport Festival is proudly supported by the City of Greater Bendigo.
The weekend will take place at Crusoe Reservoir with the TreX Cross Triathlon event taking place on the 24th of November and Trail Run Australia on Sunday 25th. To find out more and be a part of the off road action go to:
For twelve years TreX has positioned itself as the pinnacle of the cross – or off-road – triathlon racing series in Asia-Pacific inclusing the hosting of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in 2016. Presented by the premier outdoor adventure event specialists In2Adventure, TreX consists of a swim, mountain bike and trail run as well as teams, duathlon and aquabike formats. While each TreX event features an Elite/Open category the TreX Cross Triathlon national series invites participation from all ages and skill levels.
About Trail Run Australia
Trail Run Australia takes runners to some of the most iconic and stunning destinations in this spectacular land down under. It challenges participants to get off road and take on a challenge against mother nature in some of the most demanding and diverse terrain that the country has to offer.
From stunning beaches, to historic goldfields, remote rocky outcrops and rich rainforests, all the way to the iconic Snowy Mountains. Trail Run Australia inspires runners to tread the path less travelled in this wild and beautiful land.
All festivals include a:
- Half Marathon;
- 5-6km; and
- Free Kids Mud Rats Events
The series finale also includes a 50km Ultra in Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains.
2018|19 events include:
|1 Sep 2018||Race 1: TreX Enduro||Kurwongbah, Qld||Gold|
|22 Sep 2018||Race 2: TreX Port Stephens||Fingal Bay, NSW||Platinum|
|23 Sep 2018||Trail Run Australia | Tomaree||Fingal Bay, NSW||n/a|
|27 Oct 2018||Race 3: TreX Sunshine Coast
Queensland State Championships
|Sunshine Coast, Qld||Platinum|
|28 Oct 2018||Trail Run Australia | Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast, Qld||n/a|
|24 Nov 2018||Race 4: TreX Goldfields
Victorian State Championships
|25 Nov 2018||Trail Run Australia | Goldfields||Bendigo, VIC||n/a|
|23 Feb 2019||Race 5: TreX Snowy Mountains
|Snowy Mtns, NSW||Platinum|
|24 Feb 2019||Trail Run Australia | Snowies Ultra||Snowy Mtns, NSW||Platinum|
|30 | 31 Mar 2019||Race 6: TreX Back 2 Back||Mt Cotton, Qld||Gold|
|27 April 2019||Race 7: TreX Championships||Sunshine Coast, Qld||Platinum|
|28 April 2018||Sunshine Coast MTB Festival||Sunshine Coast, Qld||n/a|
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In2Adventure are Asia-Pacific’s premier adventure event specialists, and the proud host of the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. With a full calendar of national events scheduled throughout Australia, including adventure races, cross triathlon, XC Mountain Bike, trail runs and corporate events, In2Adventure fully embraces all things ‘off road’ and ‘off the beaten track’ and offers a unique, individual experience for all ages and skill levels. For more information visit In2Adventure here
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