New suitors for Challenge Penticton

Another group has expressed interest in taking control of Challenge Penticton.

Kevin Cutjar and Michael Brown announced this week they intend to build on their experience in the race community to put in a bid to operate the race in 2015.

Cutjar is a former professional triathlete who now coaches the sport in Penticton, while Brown owns and manages the Great White North Triathlon in Stony Plain, Alta.

“Mike and I have extensive experience on many levels in the endurance sport industry. We are well known in the broader triathlon community for providing high quality events and services,” Cutjar said in a statement.

“We both feel that with a focus on hosting a fun, safe and fair event, with exceptional value for athletes, Challenge Penticton will quickly gain popularity and become an event Penticton will be proud of.”

Meanwhile, the first group to express an interest in assuming control of the race is preparing to make another announcement.

Steve Brown and Bruce Schoenne had a press conference tentatively scheduled for Thursday to announce a “major development,” but the event was put off until a later date for unspecified reasons.

Challenge Penticton is currently overseen by the volunteer Penticton Triathlon Race Society, but the city, which owns the licence to operate the race, announced in March it would seek expressions of insterest from private sector groups to assume control.

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