Fitzroy Frogs are headed to Great Keppel Island (GKI) for a weekend of swimming, running and random fun (SR&RF).And you are invited to join us.ABOUT THE GKI SR&RF WEEKEND
For many years, CQ athletes have looked out across Keppel Bay and wondered “why don’t we have an event on Great Keppel Island?”.
“Wonder no more Central Queensland, Frogs are heading to the island”When: Friday 19th October to Sunday 21st October
Why: Because we can
What will we do: Swim, run and have lots of random fun
Event details may vary a little, but the program will look something like the following:
– Ocean swimming (3km, 2km, 1km and 500m events, including all four if you are up to it)
– The 3km swim will commence at 8:45, which allows participants not already on the island to catch the 7:30am Keppel Konnections transfer from Rosslyn Bay harbour
– Random Fun – why not hire a kayak and/or some snorkelling gear from GKI adventures, visit some of the nearby beaches, practice your beach volleyball or find a shady spot under a palm tree
– For anyone leaving the island on Saturday afternoon, your transfer departs at 4:00pm
– If anyone is keen, some swim coaching may be available too
– Trail running/hike (various distance options)
– The run/hike will commence at 8:00am, which allows participants not already on the island to catch the 6:45am “Special” Keppel Konnections transfer from Rosslyn Bay Harbour
– Participants are required to return to the GKI Hideaway by 2pm
– For those of us leaving the island on Sunday afternoon, our transfer departs at 4:00pm
Events will be relatively non-competitive, but participants will represent their Local Government area in “The Southern Reef Regional Challenge”“Event start times will be scheduled to allow participants to arrive on the early morning ferry,
but please consider staying on the island to make the most of your weekend”EVENT ENTRY FEES
Please note that U15 distance constraints may apply (Craig is working on it).
Triathlon Australia Members
Mum and/or Dad and the Kids
U15 Free / 15yrs+ $25
U15 $25 / 15yrs+ $45
U15 Free / 15yrs+ $25
U15 $25 / 15yrs+ $45
“Online Event Registration will open in late September,
but organise your friends and book your accommodation early”TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
To maximise event participation “athletes” and their support crew are encouraged to be a little compromising with accommodation arrangements, but we have secured the following 2-night packages with our friends at Great Keppel Island Hideaway & Keppel Konnections.
“Ferry transfers and meals are included, so all you need to do is
pack your togs and runners and get yourself to Rosslyn Bay Harbour”2-Night Accommodation Package Costs:
– Beachfront (quad share) $260 pp
– Island (quad share) $245 pp
– Garden (tri share) $240 pp
– Bunkhouse (quad share) $220 pp
– Safari Tent (twin share) $220 pp
To book or make further enquiries about accommodation, call or email Great Keppel Island HideawayP: (07) 4939 2050E: [email protected]And here’s the Menu:
Day 1 Dinner Roast buffet
Day 2 Breakfast Continental breakfast (hot breakfast upgrade available)
Day 2 Lunch BBQ buffet
Day 2 Dinner Parilla (Argentinian BBQ)
Day 3 Breakfast Continental breakfast (hot breakfast upgrade available)
Day 3 Lunch Fish and chips
COURSE MAPSMORE INFORMATION
No doubt there will be many questions, most of which I trust we can help you with and some for which I apologise in advance for not knowing the answer – yet. But we will do everything possible to make your weekend spectacular.
The GKI SR&RF Weekend is going to be full of cool stuff and wonderful people.
I hope you can join us.
Accidental President, Fitzroy Frogs Triathlon Incorporated
E: [email protected]
The GKI is a fun weekend that allows participants to do an Ocean Swim event on Saturday 15th June and/or a Trail Run/Hike event on Sunday 16th June.
Activities are friendly and non-competitive, although we do have a little bit of prize money on offer for those keen to test themselves against Sundays Full Keppel (27km trail run).
You can attend either day (remember that you’ll need to catch a ferry or find other means to the Island), or why not spend the weekend on the island by taking advantage of the two-night accommodation package?
About the Events Both the swim and run/hike events are designed to be as inclusive and user friendly as possible, including the opportunity to go the full distance or opt for one of the shorter distances during the event.
The Ocean swim consists of a 5km course with options to exit at 1km, 2km, 3km and 4km. BONUS – you also have the option to opt back in at one of the next stages. Water safety will be on standby, but participants need to be sufficiently proficient swimmers to enter this event.
The Trail Run/Hike Consists of five sections that total 27km (“The Full Keppel“). There are four optional exits along the course that allow participants to complete the shorter distances of 9.5km, 14.5km. 19.7km or 22.2km.
Those with a podium finish for The Full Keppel will also score prize money – $500 first $200 second $100 third for both men and women – that’s a prize pool of $1600!
Runners/Hikers must return to the Hideaway by 2pm (max time on course is 6 hours) and need to carry water (basic first aid and phone are recommended).
*TA – Triathlon Australia Member **Prices do not include ferry transfers or accommodation – read on for ferry transfers and accommodation packages and deals.
Getting to the Island Participants and Supporters need to find their own way to the Island. Keppel Konnections offer the following return fare prices:
$80 family (2A & 2C)
To book your ferry transfer with Keppel Konnections call 0484 241 505, or online at www.keppelkonnections.com.au (Note: Hideaway accommodation packages include ferry transfers)
Accommodation on the Island For those keen to spend the weekend on the island, why not take advantage of the Hideaway’s special package, which consists of two-nights accommodation and meals (Friday and Saturday nights).
Huge advantages of the accommodation package include the opportunity to relax or explore a tropical island and socialise with like minded people across the whole weekend.
This weekend special package includes: – Return ferry transfers, – Two nights accommodation (Friday and Saturday) – All meals from dinner Friday through to lunch on Sunday.
Children (4-12 yo)
$75 pp (existing bed)
$90 pp (extra bed)
To discuss or book your accomodation with the Keppel Hideaway: Call: 4939 2050, or email: [email protected]
The Southern Reef Regional Challenge Despite this being a non-competitive weekend, there will be a little challenge happening between regional centers with points allocated to the first, second and third male and female for each event section. Points will be totaled to see which local government area takes out the 2019 GKI Southern Reef Regional Challenge (Currently Rockhampton holds the bragging rights, but we suspect Livingstone and Gladstone to come out firing this year).
Weekend Program At the time of writing, the weekend program looks like this ( subject to minor changes).
Thanks to our Supporters Fitzroy Frogs Triathlon Club would like to thank the following supporters for their assistance with this years event.