The 2017 Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast qualifying competition will be held at Mooloolaba, on September 10, 2017.
The triathlon competition is open to both professional and amateur athletes. Both participants and spectators can enjoy the beautiful beaches and pleasant climate of the Sunshine Coast during this one-day race. This competition gives participating athletes the opportunity to compete for a position in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held in 2018 at Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
The Sunshine Coast event offers 30 slots to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
About the Sunshine Coast Ironman
The Ironman 70.3 is a half ironman event organised by the World Triathlon Corporation. The event is named for the great distances covered by the events in the race which is 113 km. The first Ironman 70.3 World Championship was held in 2006 in Clearwater, Florida where it was an annual event until 2011. In 2014, a global rotation began for the championship.
Last year, the 2016 70.3 Ironman World Championship was held at Mooloolaba where more than 3,000 athletes competed. This year, Mooloolaba is again host to the Ironman where athletes will swim, cycle and run a gruelling course to qualify for the finals.
2017 Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast Events
The day starts early on Sunday, September 10 on Mooloolaba Beach. Contestants will compete in men and women age group categories. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded to winners in each category.
Event One: Swim
Event one starts at 5:55 a.m. with the 1.9-km course being a one lap in an anti-clockwise direction around the bay. Both the start and finish are at The Loo with a View on Moololaba Beach - also a great vantage point for spectators.
Participants must finish the swim within one hour from wave start time. With luck, participants can ride a wave onto Beach Terrace, where they get ready for event number two.
Event Two: Bike
The 90-km bike leg follows the World Championship course starting on Beach Terrace and transitioning to the Sunshine Motorway then heading up into the hinterlands. Contestants complete two laps on the hinterland segment but the course for this event does not include the climb to Upper Rosemount Road which was part of the World Championship route. After completion of the second hinterland lap, athletes head back to the transition zone for the third leg of the competition. The cycle cut-off time is 4.5 hours from wave start time.
Event Three: Run
The 21.1km run heads north along Mooloolaba Esplanade. The course starts with a 20m incline at Alexandra Headland, then continues along the esplanade to Cotton Tree Parade in Maroochydore. The course crosses the Maroochy River, then heads back south to Mooloolaba. The run cut-off time is 7.5 hours from wave start time. Spectators can cheer contestants on from designated areas along the course.
At the finish line, all participants who complete the race in the allotted time are awarded an Ironman finisher's medal. The finish chute is part of the official track. Spectators, friends and family members are asked to wait in designated areas so that each participant has access to the finish line to complete the race.
Participants then go to a recovery tent where medical assistance is also available. After recovery, participants can join their supporters and enjoy the spectacular offerings of food, drink and activity that are part of the Sunshine Coast experience.
Sunshine Coast Hotels for the Ironman
Accommodation at the Sunshine Coast's The Point Coolum Beach resort offers luxurious rooms for participants and supporters of the Ironman 70.3 Qualifying Competition.
Situated on a hillside overlooking the coast, The Point Coolum Beach is just 15 minutes from the event. This Mediterranean-style resort offers one, two and three-bedroom villas with private balconies.
Enjoy the sunrise over the ocean, take a dip in one of the two pools and explore the fascinating Sunshine Coast beaches and nearby hinterlands during your stay.