An Event of Olympic Proportions

  • Saturday 16 February 2019
  • Bacchus Marsh Swimming Pool

Bro. Bill Alkermaide powers through the swim leg on his way to a personal best and Date of Birth record.

Saturday 16 February 2019 became a day of mass participation and record setting in the first Duke of Abercorn Lodge No. 137 “1k Cable Tow – A triathlon for all ages”.

An Olympic triathlon event includes a 1.5km swim (3% of the total distance), 40km bike (77%) and 10km run (20%). Organisers of the 1k Cable Tow used those distance percentages to produce a triathlon of 30m swim, 780m (stationary) bike and 190m walk. Participants and spectators produced enthusiasm levels rarely seen at an Olympic event to complete the social event in spectacular fashion.

Held at the Bacchus Marsh Swimming Pool, members of the Lodge and their families lined up to register for the event. Participants aged between 8 and 72 not only set a personal best time for the 1k Cable Tow but, they also became their Date of Birth champion! And they have a winner’s medallion to prove it.

The serious participation and friendly competition produced some remarkable times for the event but maybe best of all, the event raised $175 for “The Neighbours Place”, a not-for profit organisation that provides emergency food packages for residents of the Moorabool Shire. At the medal presentation ceremony organisers said a big thank you to all who supported the event including the Moorabool Shire who provided the stationary bikes, lifeguards and pool facilities. Duke of Abercorn Worshipful Master, Trevor Kick congratulated everyone involved and rumour has it that he is already secretly training for the next 1k Cable Tow already.

WBro. Trevor Kick (Worshipful Master) (left) and WBro. Malcolm Mann (Senior Warden and event organiser) (right) thank lifeguard Luke for his inputs to event facilitation.

Bro. Ray Mumford gets an early break on brother (and father-in-law) WBro. Graeme Robinson (submerged) with event organiser WBro. Malcolm Mann watching proceedings.

Triathletes were happy to mingle with spectators.

WBro. Peter Caple times WBro. Colin Prout and WBro. Trevor Kick during their bike leg of the triathlon.