Triathlon fever has hit the region?s good sports



POOLS are busy, cyclists are out in force and the Dunlop Volleys are out of the cupboard.

If you haven't already guessed, triathlon fever has hit Rockhampton.

More than 60 teams will lineup in the Dawn Smith Corporate Teams Triathlon Challenge at Yeppoon's Rydges Capricorn Resort on Sunday.

Teams from all walks of life are preparing to cover a 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run or the shorter distance over a 350m swim, 10km ride and 2km run.

Last year's long course champions, Team Tucker, are back to defend their title, with Greg Thurtell (swim), Russell Tucker (bike) and Dave Cundy (run) the pre-race favourites.

However, there are several teams ready to step-up to the challenge, including The Morning Bulletin's two title hopes.

Frenchville Frogs Triathlon Club president Wayne Clifford said the event was all about fun.

"It's a good way to get people involved in triathlon,'' Clifford said.

"There's a huge range of people competing over the two distances from different businesses to sporting teams.''

Joining the record-field this year are the Capricornia Credit Union's debutants.

Inter-officer bragging rights are on the line for Brett Kelly (swim), Shane Cullen (bike) and Kerry Kerr (run), who are up against Matt McLeod (swim), Damian Chapman (bike) and Lynnette Nobbs (run).

"They're hoping to get in before dark,'' Clifford joked.

Racing starts at 7am on Sunday, with registration from 6am.

All money raised supports the Queensland Cancer Fund.



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