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One of the Sunshine Coast's premier events turns 30 in 2012
ONE of the Sunshine Coast's most iconic events will celebrate 30 years in 2012. For five days The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival will take over the. This year's event, from October 31 to November 4, promises to be as big and bold as previous instalments.
Some of Australia's best athletes, as well as past, present and future Olympians will compete in the main event, the Noosa Triathlon on November 4. But that's not all there is to see and do here.
The festival is also home to the Asics 5km Bolt, Australia's premier 5km road race and always manages to attract some big name middle-distance runners. This is sharp and fast - the crowd really gets into this one because it's over almost as soon as it begins.
The mens and women's Subaru Noosa Grand Prix cycle event always draws a crowd - up to 20,000 in the past.
Another event that's always popular is the Legend Triathlon - attracting sporting stars of yesteryear. Last year's race included Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallists from the track Rochelle Gilmore and Jack Bobridge, as well as swimming stars Jessica Schipper, Melissa Gorman and Bronte Barratt and Susie O'Neill. Olympic and world champion kayaker Ken Wallace and ironman champion Ky Hurst were also spotted in last year's crowds.
The Superkidz Triathlon is for kids aged 7 to 13
Active children also have an event to call their own. The Noosa Superkidz Triathlon, a kids-only version of the famous tri, brings out a strong field of energetic 7 to 13 year olds.
Swimmers love the Eyeline 1000
You don't have to be an athlete either to compete here either. If you're just not content with watching, why not consider joining the Eyeline 1000 Noosa Ocean Swim off Noosa Main Beach. While it is a hotly contested event, you'll be surprised at the swimmers in their 40s, 50s and even 60s who are out there giving it a go. It's inspirational to watch. There is also the Noosa Breakfast Run this year to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation
This year's event will also honour its 30 year history by encouraging participants to deck out in whatever 80s gear they can get their hands on. The winner of the competition will receive free entry into next year's race.
Noosa Triathlon is one of the Sunshine Coast's premier events and it's not hard to see why it has been running for so long.