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Triathlon so popular it may have reached capacity

Matt Plain has a bit of fun during the Olympic Individuals Men event of the Kingscliff Triathlon.
Matt Plain has a bit of fun during the Olympic Individuals Men event of the Kingscliff Triathlon. Veloshotz

THE Kingscliff Triathlon has grown so popular organisers are wondering if they have reached event capacity.

Over 1400 competitors and at least 3000 spectators rolled into town on Saturday and Sunday for the event, which continues to grow year after year.

"We think we have reached capacity this time," Event manager Sebastien Krantz said.

"It was the biggest ever with 1400 competitors, which was a 40% increase on last year.

"And then we had 3-4000 spectators. It was absolutely huge."

Ben Cook walked away the men's winner on the weekend, with Krantz describing his swim leg in particular as "very impressive".

Cook scored a time of 1.47.55, with a swim of 17.54, a cycle of 57.46 and a run of 32.13.

Following closely behind were Samuel Batten and Kieran Roche, in second and third place respectively.

Maddison Allen was the women's winner, with a time of 2.04.29.

Her swim timed in at 17.39, her cycle at 1.07.32 and her run at 39.17.

Krantz said he expected the event would continue its forward momentum, but was concerned the event could outgrow the coastal town of Kingscliff.

However, he agreed it was a good problem to have, with organisers searching for solutions on how to keep the popular event in the Tweed for years to come.

Topics:  kingscliff triathlon, multisport



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