Ironman bug bites hard for Cairns mother
MEMORIES of crossing the finish line in the 70.3 Ironman Cairns are still vivid, but local mother Kath Kinneally is already planning her next assault.
The Cairns businesswoman and mum of three was one of the thousands to compete in June’s Adventure Festival.
Having caught the bug, the 46-year-old is excited to take the next step and nominate for the full distance Ironman when entries open today.
"I was euphoric, even after finishing the swim leg. And I will never forget crossing that line," she said.
"It’s addictive, I need to do more of it and I’m keen to tick the full distance off my dream list."
Other Ironman events have recently sold out in less than 10 minutes and Cairns organisers are interested to see how their event trends after it was such a hit this year.
"Noosa and Melbourne both sold out in less than five minutes and we are expecting in the coming years for the same to happen in Cairns," USM Events senior project manager Tammy Barker said.
Ms Barker confirmed that 40 qualifying points for the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kona would be up for grabs in Cairns.
The Cairns Adventure Festival runs from June 2-10 next year, with the Ironman on June 9.
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Leading the rush: Kath Kinneally will be among the leaders to enter for next year’s full Ironman event in Cairns when entries open today. Picture: MIKE WATT