IF YOU ask the 260 people who took part why they did it, chances are they'll tell you it was because of Col Pearce.

He was the non-athlete who had a sports event named after him - the Col Pearce Corporate Team Triathlon - a man who lost his battle with cancer a couple of years back, but whose legacy lives on.

Col's son, Gary, who organised the September 8 event, was eager to declare it a success.

He said competitors had a good time and raised $8000 for the Cancer Council in doing so.

"I gave them a money back guarantee that if anyone didn't have fun on the day I'd refund their entry," Mr Pearce said.

"I haven't had to pay any refunds yet so that's a good sign."

Mr Pearce said the Col Pearce Corporate Team Triathlon would return in 2014 but was likely to be held at a different time of the year.

"We're going to try to see if we can find something in the first quarter of the calendar because we are just clashing with too many things in the last part of the year now," he said.

"We'll be looking at March or April.

"We'll be targeting people to begin training after Christmas breaks basically, when there's still plenty of warmth for training and everything."

What's it all about?

  • 300m swim, 3km run or walk and a 10km bike
  • Team members complete a single leg each
  • All money raised goes to charity
  • Tribute event to honour Col Pearce
  • 260 entrants


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