Intimate knowledge of iconic race
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.
Toby Coote has been involved with the Mooloolaba Triathlon for 25 years.