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Grip : GRIP March 2012
SPONSORSHIP GRIP MOOLOOLABA TRIATHLON RuN AND wON THE Mooloolaba Triathlon was held recently, with big crowds turning up to support both the elite athletes and the general competitors who took on the testing Sunshine Coast course. An estimated 30,000 people packed the Mooloolaba foreshores on both days for one of Australia’s iconic triathlons. The Subaru Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup women’s race was won by Australia’s Erin Densham, who took a convincing win ahead of a world class field. The 26-year-old shared the podium with two of the internationals competitors, with Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig finishing second, and world number two, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, third. Densham finished the 1500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike ride and 10 kilometre run in a time of two hours, three minutes, 31 seconds, 53 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. The only other Australian to make it into the top 10 was Emma Moffatt, who finished ninth. Unfor tunately, Subaru Ambassador, reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill, didn’t make it to the start line, being forced to withdraw due to illness. The men’s Subaru Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup event, run on Saturday, also saw a big international contingent, producing a finish that everyone who was there will remember for a long time. It came down to a sprint to the line, with victory going to Frenchman Laurent Vidal, who beat home Australia’s Brad Kahlefeldt, with another French triathlete, David Hauss, in third. The next best Australian was Brendan Sexton, who finished fifth and was with the leading pack for the entire race. Subaru Ambassador, Cour tney Atkinson, had a tough day at the office, finishing back in 33rd place. He’d come into the race in good form having won the first race of his season, the Seven Sunshine Coast Enduro Triathlon, held in Caloundra on February 5. Subaru had a big profile with a major presence at the Expo. Local retailer, Garry Crick Subaru, put in a huge effort across three days of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, manning the stand and servicing the large number of people who were looking for fan-boards and cowbells that added to the atmosphere on race days. As well as the triathlon, the festival had a number of other feature events, including a five -kilometre run on Friday and an ocean swim on Saturday. Emma Jackson and Toowoomba’s Patrick Tiernan both sprinted to the finish line to claim the Asics Mooloolaba Twilight five kilometre titles. “It was great conditions out there tonight. It’s good to be up here in Mooloolaba, it’s such a nice environment. “I love it,” Jackson said. Jackson opted not to compete in the Subaru ITU World Cup Triathlon, deciding to focus her efforts towards the upcoming Sydney World Championships, in April, which will hopefully gain her a place on the Olympic team to represent Australia. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE RETAILER OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AFTERSALES AMBASSADOR SPONSORSHIP WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT Send your customer feedback letters to Subaru
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