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Women’s Open hopeful Courtney Gilfillan. Photo Supplied
Women’s Open hopeful Courtney Gilfillan. Photo Supplied

It is early days but already the 14th edition of the Kingscliff Triathlon is expecting well over a thousand entrants.

Returning to the town on Sunday, November 27, the event includes athletes competing in Tempta, Sprint and Olympic distances, who will be joined by more than 150 junior athletes ranging over 7–12 years.

‘Now that the weather is heating up, people are getting more active, starting their swim training and looking forward to summer,’ race director Mike Crawley said.

‘The triathlon in Kingscliff is a real celebration of pre-Christmas racing in a wonderful beachside location in the beautiful Cudgen Creek.’

Local Kingscliff village and accommodation houses are already seeing bookings increase, and event organisers are predicting an increase in registration now that the weather is warming up.

The triathlon is again offering a ‘Pinky Starter’ category in 2016/2017 for new athletes at a shorter distance.

The whole triathlon program will be benefited by the council improvements at the Sutherland Street Bridge, which will eliminate swim obstructions for athletes with fewer support poles.

Crawley is also excited about the clearer water in Cudgen Creek due to the sand pumping at the boat ramp.

‘Not only will the pumping improve the flow down the creek, but athletes will love swimming in the clear, healthy water,’ he said.

Water safety is once again being managed by the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club with seven rescue craft and a team of 25 to protect the 1,000 swimmers over five distances.

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