In one of Australia’s key Ironman events, triathletes will be taking to the beach for Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie
Closing in on its 30th year, Ironman Australia has become the longest running Ironman event in the world. Originating in Forster-Tuncurry in 1985, Ironman Australia is now held yearly in its current location, Port Macquarie, since 2006. Each year the coastal town comes alive with athletes and fans alike taking part in one of Australia’s most challenging triathlon events.
Kicking off in the Hastings River, competitors then take on the bike course alongside the Pacific Ocean. These two laps offer up some of the best ocean views in the region. Testing competitors on one of the steepest climbs on the global IRONMAN circuit is the Matthew Flinders Drive hill, a dreaded climb year in and out. The run course again takes in the coastal routes alongside the Pacific, finishing in the historic Town Green precinct of Port Macquarie, adjacent to the Rydges Hotel.
This year there are 40 qualifying slots for the Ironman World Championship held in Kailua-Kona, HI. Come May 5th, many new and returning athletes will be testing their metal against one of the most important and challenging routes on the Ironman circuit in Port Macquarie
For more information, check out the Ironman Australia website.