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Cairns Ironman & Cairns Adventure Festival

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So many super fit humans in one place
For the next week, are the fittest people on earth, walking, running and swimming around Cairns?
Cairns Adventure Festival
Cairns Adventure Festival


Well this month in Cairns, it certainly feels like it; with only 8 days to go until the Cairns Ironman triathlon, part of the Cairns Adventure Festival. Athletes are training everywhere you look here in the tropics, with the excitement building, muscles bulging, as it seems the whole town is ready and on the starting blocks to see the thousands of amazingly fit triathletes, flying into Cairns, compete next weekend.

The Cairns Adventure Festival sold out quickly, with athletes booking the 2000 spots in the triathlon from all over Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Germany and many other countries, but any one of us, can go along free and see the event up close and enjoy the festival environment.
Cairns Festival


The big event is Sunday June 9, starting at 6.45am and starts with a 3.8km swim in the Coral Sea directly in front of Cairns city, in Trinity Bay inlet. Infra red surveillance of the Inlet has been happening in Cairns every day in the lead-up to the race, to make sure there aren't any crocodiles around the swim leg.

Then if that isn't challenging enough, the triathletes cycle laps of the winding coastal road between Cairns and Port Douglas, called the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Road or Captain Cook Highway, cycling past Palm Cove, past Thala Beach Resort and onto the main street in Port Douglas before turning around to finish their 180km bike ride. Then just for fun, there's a 42.2km run that takes in the Cairns waterfront, finishing at the Cairns Esplanade.

Last year, the Cairns Ironman finish line was like one big music festival, with banners, music, pumping fists all in support of the athletes as they did their final run leg before crossing the finish. So if you're looking to come and see the Cairns Ironman, then some of the best spots allow you to not only drink in the atmosphere, but also sit down and have a beverage while watching all these amazing athletes include Splash Restaurant that has great fish and chips, Cairns RSL, Muddies Café or Grilld Burgers, which all front onto the actual running track.

There are eight events all up as part of the Cairns Adventure Festival, with this weekend the Hekili Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge, where outrigger canoes and surf ski paddle race 40km, from Palm Cove to Port Douglas, which requires some serious energy.
Cairns Ironman
Thankfully the race is northbound along the coast, so the competitors should have the wind behind their backs. Fingers crossed that the weather on race day is one of our magical winter days that Cairns and the tropical north are famous for, where it's blue skies, 25 degrees and the Coral Sea looks like a millpond.

One of the most popular events for the Cairns Adventure Festival is the QUICKSILVER Green Island swim, on Thursday June 6th at 8.45am, where 200 swimmers are doing either a 3km or 1.5km race beside Green Island that is the only coral bay on the Great Barrier Reef with rainforest on it. This unique ocean swim means Cairns Ironman athletes get to see colourful reef fish, turtles and a variety of corals at the same time they are competing.

The Cairns Ironman starts at 6.45am and the last athletes are expected to cross the finish line at midnight, though the elite triathletes will do the race in eight to nine hours. The athletes do get to enjoy an After Party, which they will all seriously deserve, at the Cairns Convention Centre. So definitely make some time in your schedule, to see one or more of the events at Cairns Ironman, get motivated, cheer on friends or come along to see some amazing athletes.

Cairns Esplanade
Whether it's a team from the Cairns Police,
Cairns personal trainer gurus like Teri & Russell or the current Australian Women's Ironman Champion, there are thousands of triathletes that would love it if you come along to cheer and spectate. And just think the Cairns Ironman is a qualifying event for the apex of all Ironman events – the Hawaiian Ironman, so after they finish this race, they're all aiming for that!
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Why? See super human triathletes having fun
When: Every day
Where: Cairns
Cost: Free for Spectators
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