THE return of the club challenge will be one of the major highlights when the Riverina Tri Series gets underway with the Ganmain Triathlon on February 2.
The initiative, which pits junior and senior footballers and netballers from different clubs against each other, has been on hiatus for a few years.
However event organiser Jason Hamblin said the time is right for a return.
"We ran it a couple of years back when it first started and we had plenty of numbers doing it. It tapered off a bit, but we're bringing it back," Hamblin said.
"We try and accommodate for everyone, there's always club pride on the line."
Nearly 100 entrants across the open and junior events have already registered with up to 3000 racers expected on the day.
"We opened up the rego at the start of the new year and it surprised me when I looked this week how many had entered," Hamblin said.
"We're a small community, but very community minded. It takes 50 or 60 people to run an event like this and it's no small task.
"It's a great morning. There's nothing better than working your arse off for an hour, than grabbing a coffee or some breakfast."
Briony Mazzocchi is expected to be tough to beat again across the five-race series after claiming the past two overall pointscore crowns, while Jake Bergman is the defending men's champion.
The Ganmain open race consists of a 1km run, 20km cycle, 150m swim and 5km run, with shorter junior and sub-junior races also held.
Over $3000 worth of prizes and giveaways are up for grabs across the five races, with the overall male and female winners to each receive a $1000 cheque.
Temora will host the second leg of the Riverina Tri Series at Lake Centenary on Sunday, February 9, followed by The Rock (February 23), Holbrook (March 15) and West Wyalong (March 29).