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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DO YOU know any of these sporty types?

Or­gan­is­ers and par­tic­i­pants are urg­ing lo­cals to come an sup­port the colour and spec­ta­cle as three ma­jor sport­ing events cul­mi­nate on Four Mile Beach on Sun­day.

Dozens of lo­cals will join hun­dreds of ath­letes as they push them­selves along the chal­leng­ing se­lec­tion of cour­ses in the Coral Coast 5150 Triathlon, the RRR Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge and Great Bar­rier Reef Ocean Chal­lenge.

For­mer Port Dou­glas iron­man Nick Car­ling is sup­port­ing a num­ber of his fit­ness train­ing clients in the triathlon events.

“It’s great to have such a large scale lo­cal event that cel­e­brates our coast­line and gives ath­letes here a chance to per­form,” he said.

“It’s es­pe­cially en­cour­ag­ing when Port Dou­glas is go­ing through hard times, for ev­ery­body to come to­gether and join in a party at­mos­phere down on the beach.”

“There will be some proud achieve­ments for many to cel­e­brate.”

The sen­ti­ment of sup­port seems to be echoed by many of the par­tic­i­pat­ing ath­letes.

“I have al­ways watched the Coral Coast triathlon and al­ways said I would take part - now I am - there’s sure to be a great crowd turn out for the event,” Coral Coast triathlon en­trant Jess Cole­man said.

Many lo­cals are also proud to have the event cel­e­brate the beau­ti­ful wa­ters of the lo­cal coast­line.

“We travel a lot to par­tic­i­pate in these kinds of events,” said Great Bar­rier Reef Ocean Chal­lenge com­peti­tor and team cap­tain Wendy Mor­ris.

“To have an event of this mag­ni­tude on our doorstep is fan­tas­tic; we have one of the most scenic coast­lines in the world.”

All the ac­tion will kick off with the start of the triathlon from 6am, with or­gan­is­ers aim­ing for the vast ma­jor­ity of com­peti­tors in all three races to fin­ish be­tween 10am-1pm.

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