Bali International Triathlon, LLC has confirmed that Ironman triathletes Luke McKenzie and Amanda Balding will participate in the 2nd Annual MRA Bali International Triathlon to be held on June 29, 2008 at Jimbaran Bay, Bali. McKenzie's agreement to participate in the Bali race comes immediately following his top-five finish in Ironman Australia. Garuda Airlines, a new sponsor of the Bali race, was instrumental in making the involvement of these professional triathletes in the MRA Bali International Triathlon possible.
Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, one of the leading race sponsors, is offering a first prize package consisting of a seven day, six night stay in one of their world famous luxury villas to both the top male and female finishers. Awards will also be given to the first three finishers in each age group category. All athletes will be provided with high quality race T-shirts, entrance to a pre-race party, and unique finisher's award handcrafted in Bali.
McKenzie explained their decision to race in Bali, "the opportunity to race in 'paradise' was the clincher for us. We are lucky that our job as professional athletes takes us to some beautiful exotic destinations around the world, but a race set around the gardens of the Four Seasons resort in Bali would have to be the ultimate!
Balding, who lived for nine months in Bali when she was younger, is looking forward to her return. She commented, "We are excited to be traveling to Bali, and the added bonus is we both get to compete in a triathlon in an idyllic setting. We can't wait!"
Athletes participating in the race are expected to from all over the world to take advantage of this unique destination race. While in Bali, they can take advantage of the wide range of activities available, including scuba diving, elephant riding, white-water river rafting, parasailing, and jet skiing. Bali is famous for its spa properties, and athletes will be treated to post race massage by local Balinese therapists. Special hotel and tour packages for athletes and their families can be arranged by contacting Bali Discovery Tours.
Luke is a professional triathlete from Australia’s Gold Coast. He lives and trains in the beautiful coastal town of Tweeds Head during the Australian Summer, and spends most of his triathlon season based in San Diego, California.
His record includes:
• 5th place Ironman Australia 2008
• 1st place Byron Bay Triathlon Australia 2007
• 3rd place Cancun Ironman 70.3 2007
• 19th place Ironman World Championships Kona 2007
• 1st place Colorado Springs Triathlon 2006
• 2nd place Desaru International Triathlon, Malaysia 2007
For more information: [Luke McKenzie Official Website
Amanda is a professional triathlete from Western Australia. She lives and trains both in Australia, and in San Diego, California. A relative newcomer to the sport, Amanda completed her first Ironman 70.3 race in 2005. In 2007, she competed in, and completed, the Ironman World Championship race in Kona, Hawaii, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Her record includes:
• 1st place Cancun Ironman 70.3 2007
• 2nd place Antwerp Ironman 70.3 2007
• 9th place Ironman New Zealand 2008
• 4th place Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3
For more information [Amanda Balding Official Website
[MRA Bali International Triathlon Official Website
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