The massive rise in the popularity of triathlon events, coupled with ongoing construction at the traditional Tai Mei Tuk venue has led the Hong Kong Triathlon Association to look for alternative venues, in particular Hong Kong Disneyland. Andrew Patrick, race director of yesterday's US$25,000 ITU event, said that the event had more or less outgrown the Tai Mei Tuk venue. 'While we and our sponsors want the event to expand to accommodate more competitors we simply can't get complete road closure, and that brings into question the safety of the course,' Patrick said. 'We've been exploring the possibility of the Disneyland site as a new venue, as the facilities there give us much more flexibility. The major sticking point is holding the swim in Inspiration Lake, which the government has declared an environmentally sensitive area, so we would need to carry out an environmental impact assessment to convince the government that no harm would be done by the race.' Hong Kong triathlon coach Ruth Hunt said that she was in favour of the Disney site as it affords more options for staging the race. 'Disney would be an ideal venue because the road system there would give us various options for the bike and the run legs,' Hunt said.