32nd Richie Walker Aquathlon on soon

Craig Alexander on his way to winning the 2017 Richie Walker Aquathlon. Picture: John Veage
Craig Alexander on his way to winning the 2017 Richie Walker Aquathlon. Picture: John Veage

The 32nd annual Richie Walker Aquathlon will be held next Saturday.

Veteran Ironman world champion Craig Alexander ended Nathan Breen’s charge for a third consecutive title last year. It was a hot day for the race at its traditional Gunnamatta Bay Park course at Cronulla, with 25 degree water temperature attracting more than 250 competitors.

Last year was the 30th anniversary of Walker’s sudden and tragic death from a heart attack during a race at Tamworth. Two races were held in the first year after Walker died, making Saturday’s event the 32nd held in his honour.

Walker was a promising triathlete, a lifeguard and described as an “all-round good bloke”, with athletes past and present coming together to compete in his memory for more than 30 years.

All money raised will go to the Heart Foundation, with the event raising more than $30,000 for the cause since its inception.

Registration is at the north end of the pavilion from 7.30am prior to the race on February 10.

There is an open category as well as three youth divisions, 7 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 to 15-year-olds.

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