Pete Jacobs competes in the Sunshine Coast in 214 - PHOTO - Triathlon & Multisport

In 2016, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship is heading to Australia for the first time and will be run in conjunction with Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba.

The event will give all athletes who manage to secure an entry the chance to race over the same course as the world’s best.

It’s certainly an event to put in your 2016 calendar as Mooloolaba will no doubt come alive with the best professional and age-group athletes in the world descending on the region – time to start looking for accommodation!

Sunshine Coast is also the perfect race for those contesting the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii to sharpen up their skills.

Speaking of champions, the region is home to the likes of Ironman 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt, Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific champion and Olympic gold medallist Jan Frodeno, Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs and Ironman world championship medallist Caroline Steffen – so expect to be in good company when racing on the Sunshine Coast.

Men’s record: Pete Jacobs (pictured) 3:39.59 (2013)
Women’s record: Caroline Steffen 4:12:06 (2014)

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Photo credit: Delly Carr