First out of the swim leg at the Hervey Bay Corporate Triathlon was Brad Mitchell.
First out of the swim leg at the Hervey Bay Corporate Triathlon was Brad Mitchell. Valerie Horton

Triathlon to be bigger next year

YESTERDAY’S Hervey Bay Corporate Triathlon did more than offer competitors the chance for some fun in the sun – it also raised $3000 for the Hervey Bay Hospital Cancer Care team.

Eighty teams competed on the day – 240 people in total.

Each team was composed of three people, with each person tackling one leg of the triathlon – either swimming, running or cycling.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” Hervey Bay Triathlon Club member Ron Morgan said.

“We came out and had a great time and to raise money for cancer was absolutely fantastic.”

The weather was warm and the sea was perfectly still for those who took on the 500m swimming leg of the triathlon.

“The weather was tremendous.

“The water was as calm as a pool,” Morgan said.

“It was good because a lot of the people who took part aren’t regular competitors – about two thirds of the peoplewho took part weren’t regular triathletes.”

Some of them may be soon, however – Morgan said several of the people who competed in the corporate triathlon have expressed interest in becoming involved in the club and competing regularly.

After the great success of this year’s triathlon, Morgan is already planning next year’s corporate triathlon.

“It will be bigger and better next year.”

The focus wasn’t on winning yesterday but times were recorded and one team did themselves proud by finishing the triathlon in just under 40 minutes.

Reagan Collier, Jordan Kerby and Greg Lavey, racing under the name Two of Mo and One of No, finished with the best time of the day.

There were also prizes given away to the person who finished 15th in the swimming leg, the person who finished 11th in the cycling leg and the person who finished 9th in the cycling leg.

Lisa Hopgood was the winner in the swimming leg, winning $150, Jason Cheshire won the prize in the cycling, winning $100, and Geoff Broadbent won the prize in the running leg, winning $50.

The teams were also challenged to nominate a finishing time and try to finish as close to that finishing time as possible – unfortunately for the team that finished first, they finished well ahead of their predicted finishing time of 44 minutes. Living the Dream won that contest, coming within 10 seconds of guessing their exact finishing time, which was 52 minutes and 32 seconds.



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