Human Race, organisers of the BananaMan Triathlon, have announced that supermarket chain Lidl are on board as the new title sponsor for the event taking place on the 15 September 2012.
Now known as the Lidl BananaMan Triathlon, the event is one of the first to take place at 2012 Olympic Venue Dorney Lake after the games and is now open for entries via the Human Race website. An established name on the UK Triathlon circuit, the addition of Lidl as the new title sponsor has seen the BananaMan grow with more distances on offer for beginners and those new to the sport.
There are now a total of five different takes on the triathlon theme, all with a nod the BananaMan’s traditional ‘fun’ approach to multisport. The Banana Split is the shortest distance on offer with a 200 metre swim, 5 kilometre bike and 2.5 kilometre run which means it’s perfect for children (over 11), beginners or anyone who wants to blast round the course in the quickest time possible.
According to John Lunt, MD of organisers Human Race, this addition will offer something new for those younger triathletes. “For youngsters it’s a great way to experience the thrills of a proper open water triathlon and get out on the same course as the adults for the first time in a safe way. For beginners it’s the perfect way to take away the fear of the first time race and for everyone else, well even the elites are getting in on the short and sharp action with the addition of the Canary Wharf event to the 2012 Super Series and the Banana Split is your chance to do the same!”
Longer than the Banana Split but not quite the full Banana, the Half Banana is right down the middle with a 400 metre swim followed by a fast and furious 10 kilometre bike ride and rounded off by a 2.5 kilometre run. Lastly there is the full Lidl BananaMan, complete with its traditional quirky distance choice. First up there is the 800m open water swim in the clear, clean waters of the rowing lake before taking to the closed, flat road circuit for a 6-lap bike course covering 30k. The final 7.5k run follows a 3 lap loop along the side of the rowing lake on smooth tarmac paths.
The ethos of the Lidl BananaMan Triathlon is all about getting involved in as many different ways as possible and to help competitors rope in their friends, family and enemies organisers Human Race have added a couple of different relay options to the mix. In the tri-relay three people per team each complete one discipline of the swim, bike, run event and then hand over to the next. In the Team Tri Time Trial, or ‘4T’ event, all three athletes race together as a team. All three swim, cycle and run together as a unit, and all three have to finish together to score. Normal drafting rules do not apply, in fact its actively encouraged!
The addition of Lidl and the expansion of the day to include so many brand new distances and disciplines is something Lidl, sees as crucial to promoting their healthy, active ethos to the UK and beyond. Georgina Hall, spokesperson for Lidl says “We’re thrilled to be involved in this fantastic event and especially at such an exciting Olympic venue as Dorney Lake. Not only is the Lidl BananaMan Triathlon a great opportunity for people of all ages to get active and increase their fitness levels, but it shows that exercise can be fun – with some healthy competition thrown into the mix!”
Entries are now open for the Lidl BananaMan Triathlon at www.humanrace.co.uk along with more information on each discipline and news and tips on taking on your first triathlon.
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