The Buzz: Ever wanted to compete in the Noosa Triathlon?
The Noosa Triathlon is the largest, oldest and most high-profile triathlon event that takes place in Australia and is held annually in November.
It has been running since 1983 in the state of Queensland, while it is also recognised as the third largest Olympic distance triathlon in the world.
The triathlon has gone from strength to strength since its creation more than 30 years ago. Now more than a single event, it is a festival held over five days.
The mix of competitive action and entertainment, alongside the sun, sea and surf adds tremendously to the triathlon's popularity, while family, social and sporting events are also on offer.
It attracts more than 10,000 people each year, while as many as 8,500 partake in the main event, the triathlon.
The triathlon is just one activity held as part of the Noosa Multi Sport Festival. The five days also include a children-only triathlon; cycle competition; Breakfast Fun Run; Celebrity Golf Tourn- ament; Noosa Ocean Swim; volleyball; the Noosa Special Triathlon for athletes with special intellectual needs; and a host of others.
The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival prides itself on the easy-going and relaxed 'beach' atmosphere, which goes hand in hand with its location. At the same time, it is also very professionally run and provides the perfect environment for competitive racing.
The triathlon course starts and finishes in Noosa Heads Lions Triathlon Park.
In contrast to the appealing waters on Noosa Main Beach, the swim involves a 1.5k journey on the canal.
The cycle sees entrants travel along Noosa Parade before turning right at the roundabout for Gympie Terrace.
At 10k, things get tough as participants are required to ascend Gyndier Drive. From here, cyclists travel down the far side towards Cooroy for another 8k.
The run can be very hot due to the time of year, and can become very tight in parts, with slower runners encouraged to pull in and let other racers pass.
The party atmosphere is palpable for runners when they hit Noosa Parade as the crowds and noise increases by the metre, and they can drink the atmosphere in once they reach the blue carpet at the finish line.
How to get there/where to stay?
Flights from Dublin to Sunshine Coast Airport currently sit at €940 in November.
Due to the fact Noosa is such a popular tourist destination, there is an abundance of accommodation to be found.
The carnival atmosphere.
The heat really tests athletes, particularly on the run.
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