Ironman 70.3 Cairns takes place this weekend (June 14th). The race, which is run in conjunction with Ironman Cairns, is a great excuse for athletes from southern regions to take a break from winter and enjoy Far North Queensland at its best.
With a swim that now takes place off the golden sands of Palm Cove, just to the north of the City, and a bike leg that snakes up the coast on one of the country’s most scenic roads, this is an event any serious long-course athlete should do at least once in their life.
The decision to shift the swim leg makes for a few logistical challenges with athletes staying in Cairns needing to get themselves and their bikes to Palm Cove prior to the race start.
The event organisers, however, provide a good bike, and people-taxiing service. Starting the event in the small resort settlement of Palm Cove and finishing in the metropolis of Cairns adds a real sense of adventure to the race. This is the big one, and it’s more than three months until the next 70.3 race in Australia.
Take your family – they’ve probably earned it putting up with you during your training. The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rain Forest are right on Cairns’ doorstep.
Men’s record: Brad Kahlefedlt 3:50:54 (2014)
Women’s record: Candice Hammond 4:24:03 (2014)