REGISTER NOW: Entries are open for the Hervey Bay 100. Matt Hauser starts the run leg during last year’s event.
REGISTER NOW: Entries are open for the Hervey Bay 100. Matt Hauser starts the run leg during last year’s event. Alistair Brightman

Entries open for Hervey Bay 100 triathlon

ORGANISERS have set the goal of selling out this year's Hervey Bay 100.

Entries for the annual event open today, and Hervey Bay Triathlon Club president Nick Downes is eyeing a major increase in numbers.

The new status of the event should help achieve that goal, with the Hervey Bay 100 now included in both, Triathlon Queensland State Series and Triathlon Australia's official calendars.

"It now counts as the seventh race in the series which is a major bonus for us," Downes said.

Downes said the Hervey Bay 100's addition to the national calendar would help increase the number of interstate entrants, an area the club had targeted for expansion.

Earlier this year the Hervey Bay 100 was one of 24 events to share in more than $600,000 of funding from the Queensland Government.

The money was supported under round 28 of the regional development program, and the extra exposure the money brought, mainly through the association with Tourism Events Queensland, should provide a further boost.

"It will be the focus of a major marketing push which should help our numbers," Downes said.

"They were down slightly last year but we're all for the positives. I'm confident those numbers will go back up."

Participants can register from 9am today at http://www.hb100.com.au.