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2017 IRONMAN & 70.3

Updated: 02-Mar-2017

IRONMAN CAIRNS Sunday 11th June, 2017 -

Situated at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns is set in one of the world's most iconic tropical locations and boasts a stunning backdrop that will take your breath away. 

With arguably the most spectacular bike course in the world, competitors race up the Captain Cook Highway hugging the coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas.  From reef to World Heritage listed rainforest, and a run along the stunning Cairns boardwalk, the race finishes in the heart of the city.  This race has become a 'must-do' on the IRONMAN circuit, and there is every reason to believe the hype.    Iron Man Cairns 2016 was a fabulous success with all competitors and spectators experiencing the spirit of friendship and community in Cairns.  North Queensland locals support this event with spectacular enthusiasm and welcome athletes and their families and friends from all over the world to our tropical city.  

Register here:  http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/cairns/register.aspx#axzz3h332KPPB

Past events:

IRONMAN Cairns: Sunday 12th June, 2016 -

Iron Man Cairns 2016 was a fabulous success with all competitors and spectators experiencing the spirit of friendship and community in Cairns.  North Queensland locals support this event with spectacular enthusiasm and welcome athletes and their families and friends from all over the world to our tropical city.  

IRONMAN Cairns: Sunday 7th June, 2015 -

Iron Man Cairns 2015 was a fabulous success with all competitors and spectators experiencing the spirit of friendship and community in Cairns.  North Queensland locals support this event with spectacular enthusiasm and welcome athletes and their families and friends from all over the world to our tropical city.  

IRONMAN Cairns:  Sunday 8th June, 2014 -

Iron Man Cairns 2014 was a brilliant event enjoyed by both spectators and competitors.

The conditions at Palm Cove beach in the morning were atmospheric.. or maybe we should just say wet.   Not a downpour, but a persistent drizzle that continued throughout the day. 

Swimmers felt the chop was a little hard to manage but overall preferred it to swimming at the Marina in Cairns City where the swim was held in 2013.  The access to the water was easier from the beach.  Spectators also preferred the natural theatre of Palm Cove beach as a venue once the swimmers were in as it was easier for people to see the action.  It was not as easy for spectators to see the swimmers as they exited the water and it may be better if there was a short beach run ( maybe 30 metres ) to cheer and support the competitors. 

The bike transition location, although very muddy, was an excellent location.  The riders looked spectacular speeding North along Palm Cove Beach Williams Esplanade to the excitement and cheering of their families and friends.   Palm Cove cafés did a roaring trade serving take away lattes for those who weren’t quite Iron Man standard.   The competitors enjoy a car-free ride along one of Australias most spectacular roads to Port Douglas.  This road winds along the coastline with mountains on one side, the ocean on the other and a few hills to climb.  A beautiful ride by all accounts.   

For spectators rushing to get back into the city to watch the finish, we suggest leaving Palm Cove directly as the traffic gets very tight and is delayed.    

Once in the city there is plenty of action with riders heading into the transit area to begin their run and runners on their final stretch.  It’s a perfect location to really soak up the atmosphere and celebrate the athletes personal commitment.   There is a wonderful carnival atmosphere with many people calling out encouragement to all competitors. 

After the spectacular bike ride transition in the city, the runners head North along the Cairns Esplanade and do laps.  It’s a very pretty environment with mountains and ocean all around.  Spectators can walk along the esplanade and enjoy the spirit of the day or set up a picnic.  Families with children will love the Esplanade facilities including BBQ’s, playgrounds, skate parks and exercise areas or get comfortable under a tree while watching loved ones compete. 

All in all, Palm Cove and Cairns make for a perfect combination of locations for such a testing challenge.   

IRONMAN CAIRNS & IRONMAN 70.3 CAIRNS: Sunday 11th June 2017

IRONMAN Cairns is a gruelling iron-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that included the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.

IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns will take place concurrently to the full iron-distance Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns.  Half the distance, half the pain on the same great course as Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns! IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns 

Set in one of the world's most iconic tropical locations, the 2017 Cairns Airport Adventure Festival will take place on 11th June 2017 and will feature a course memorable for the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21.1km run. 

Please check www.ironman.com for more information on this event. 

In 2014 the swim has changed with a start at Palm Cove.  This will be excellent for spectators with more opportunities to see the athletes and easier for the swimmers with a beach start.  The plan is to still finish in Cairns city. 

In 2012 and 2013 the swim started at the Esplanade Lagoon area in inner city waters off Sailfish Quay, in downtown Cairns. It was be a deep water start off a purpose built pontoon.

The Cairns Airport Adventure Festival attracted 540 participants in 2012.  

Transition areas for swim to bike (T1) were located in the Lagoon Car park and second transition, cycle to run (T2) at the Marlin Coast Recreational Centre just off the Captain Cook Highway and easily accessible for spectators to drive and park.

The bike leg for started in the Lagoon Car Park and journeyed north out of town following the route made famous in 2011 along the Captain Cook Highway that travels up one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia up to Port Douglas.

The first part of the 42.2km run brought competitors back from Smithfield via Yorkeys Knob then onto the Captain Cook Highway into Cairns where they completed two 8km laps of the Esplanade and Marina boardwalk before they finally reached the red carpeted finish line adjacent to the Cairns Lagoon.

In 2012 the course was excellent for spectators who became involved in the action and excitement of race day and were up close as the athletes exited the swim and headed into T1.  Spectators then watched as the competitors cycled along the esplande.  They then were able to drive out to the next transition approximately 25km at Smithfield to again watch them at T2 and then make their way back into town for the all important finish.

Alternatively Quicksilver Boat transfers were offered between Cairns and Port Douglas to ‘Chase the Race’ for the full Iron Man. These transfers will also assist in transporting locals affected by the road closures.

For course maps and further event information visit www.ironman.com

 

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