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The triathlon association is anticipating a record-breaking number of women will compete in this weekend’s Seventh Annual Island Car and Bike Hire Women’s Triathlon, which is sure to make the area at Tikioki busy in the water and on roads this Saturday.

Competing singly or in teams of up to three people, the women will tackle a 400 metre swim, 16 kilometre cycle and four kilometre run at the Tikioki try site from 3pm.

Although registrations are still open for competitors and the final field is not yet known, the Cook Island Triathlon Association (CITAI) is predicting that the women’s triathlon will be the best attended since it was first run in 2006.

Last year, the triathlon boasted record numbers with 28 women tackling the event individually and 10 teams joining them.

Organisers said this year looks to be another record year once again, especially if recent numbers of participation in triathlon is anything to go by.

The event is open to women of all ages and fitness, putting an emphasis on having fun and feeling good.

It is compulsory that triathletes wear a helmet during the cycling leg of the race, with spares available for people that do not have one on hand.

People still keen on entering the triathlon can do so until 3pm tomorrow, Friday, March 23.

All you have to do is send Len Edwards an email on and bring along $10 for the entry fee on the day.

Women of all ages are welcome to join in, and organisers encourage plenty of side-line cheerleaders.