Gatorade Tri Race 2 - Hot Hot Hot!

Gotta love living in Melbourne. One week we have flooding, the next week over 35 degree days for the first triathlon of the new year! Leading up to the race most were concerned about the "gastro outbreak" and water quality in the bay from the flooding, not to mention the shark sightings up and down the Great Ocean Road.. apparently a few paid a visit to St Kilda and Elwood Beach, but luckily the event was finished by then! 

We had 20 TriChicks complete the race on the weekend with some athletes completing an Olympic Triathlon for the first time! Special mention goes to 

  • Esther Watson (who was originally meant to do an Olympic late 2016 but unfortunately needed her appendix removed) 
  • Sam Cooke (managed 3rd place and her first podium in her first Olympic distance race)
  • Bec Dutkowski (training for her first Half and was happy to complete the longest swim in a race)

Many of our girls did not taper for this race, as they have other races coming up in the near future. This race was used as a training session. But it was great to see some TriChicks celebrate Personal Bests, Podiums, and also acknowledge lessons learnt on a tough day. I really enjoyed strolling out of bed, walking 50m and watching the TriChicks and fellow competitors cycle past my street! Once I saw all the girls on the bike, I rode over to the run turn around to cheer on the TriChicks and other competitors. Not too many people looked very happy, it was very hot, and a big headwind to run into on the way home. Well done to everyone who competed on a tough day out!

Check out some of the race pics below!

Race 2 Results

Olympic Distance 


2nd Yaz Valladares 

3rd Sam Cooke (First Olympic)


6th Madeleine Cleary 

7th Jade Cleary


8th Bec Dutkowski (first Olympic)

10th Esther Watson (first Olympic)


Sprint Distance 

20- 24

13th Olivia Cartledge


10th Alex Anasson 

22nd Claire Dyson 

23rd Jess Harney 

24th Jade Beninati


31st Melinda Atkinson 

33rd Emily Mensforth

34th  Steph Price 

35th  Jessica Hood


7th Emma Peterson 

23rd Adrienne Knell


10th Radele Bergman (conquered fear of open water woohoo!)

13th Pippa O' Regan

18th Emma Rayner