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Swim, Run And Cycle In This Massive Inaugural Event
Sunshine Coast and fitness - the two go hand in hand. Our coastlines are popular for runs, our beaches and waterways are perfect for swims and our roadways are inviting to cyclists. You've only go to sit and watch at Mooloolaba for a few seconds before someone goes running by, training for the next big event. It's the unofficial fitness capital of Australia, and perhaps that's why it has been selected for the first Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3 on September 15.
The 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run (113km in total, or 70.3 miles) is set to be a huge new annual event for the area. As mentioned about it's all happening in the Mooloolaba area. The inaugural event is expected to bring in more than 1500 competitors and thousands of visitors. Expect to see a few big names in the race also. Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs said he may use the event as his final hit-out before defending his title later this year.
Be there when the winner of the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast crosses the finish line/Image from Eyes Wide Open
There is really no other place besides Mooloolaba to hold this event. The swim will start and finish at the famous Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club. The cycle portion will take in the smooth roads of the Sunshine Mwy. Finally, the run will bring it all back to Mooloolaba and around the esplanade.
For competitiors, it's quite the sight to take in. For the rest of us going along to cheer on family and friends, we'll have plenty of places to go for the best vantage point. Of course, if you want the very best view, you should consider becoming a volunteer on the day.
This is set to be a popular event for the Sunshine Coast so if you miss out don't worry, it's been locked in for the next three years at least. Start your training regime now.