In­ti­mate knowl­edge of iconic race

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IT WAS fit­ting that Toby Coote had the best seat in the house for the 25th edi­tion of the Mooloolaba Triathlon.

He has been in­volved in the event since its in­cep­tion in 1993, com­pet­ing on 13 oc­ca­sions and pro­vid­ing com­men­tary for the past 11 years.

The 41-year-old from Warana was on the back of a mo­tor­bike at the front of the race, pro­vid­ing up­dates to thou­sands of spec­ta­tors lin­ing the course.

“I love it. I get to watch the race un­fold and re­port that to ev­ery­body. I have the best job on the course,” he said.

Toby has been a con­tender, coach and com­men­ta­tor at triathlons around the coun­try but said noth­ing com­pared to the events on the Coast.

“Noosa and Mooloolaba are the two best races in Aus­tralia... they are two iconic races that have been on the cal­en­dar for such a long time,” he said.

He re­mem­bers the in­au­gu­ral Mooloolaba event, where he fin­ished 35th amid 255 ath­letes.

“There was hardly any bar­ri­ers and af­ter the swim you ran up through the crowd into the tran­si­tion area,” he said.

Now there’s about 3000 starters and Toby, who runs Sun­shine Coast Tri Academy, had 40 ath­letes com­pete at the week­end’s event.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

Toby Coote has been in­volved with the Mooloolaba Triathlon for 25 years.

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