Race for fastest is wide open

THE race for tomorrow’s Pure–sport Kingscliff Triathlon fastest individual time remains wide open, says Twin Towns Triathlon Club president Chris Watt.

Watt said as the 2010 Nev Salmon Memorial Trophy went to the Gold Coast’s Craig Walton, who was not competing this year, it was difficult to pick a local favourite but they would “have a pretty big slog at it”.

“I had a look through the team list but didn’t recognise any big names,” he said.

“We’ll take out a couple of age categories, that’s for sure.

“We’ve got a couple of Australian representatives involved who went to masters the year before last.”

He said there could be a dark horse for the Memorial Trophy but could not be sure.

“I know that Tracey Foyster in particular will have a good crack at her age group.”

QSM Sports’ events and development manager Kristina Katsanevas tipped any member of the open category to take the trophy.

“More than likely it will be one of the open men, or even the women,” Katsanevas said.

“It could be a real surprise.”

Over 300 participants entered the triathlon in the 10-day lead-up which will result in an overall 800 involved.

The Fusion Cycles Social Ride kicks off the festival from Kingscliff’s Community Hall at 6.30am today followed by the Zoot 5 kilometre Fun Run at 9am.

Athletes will gather for the main event at 5am for a 6.30am start.

The 10 to 12 year children will follow the juniors then the shorter-distance Tempta for beginners.

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