■ The sport of triathlon was unheard of 50 years ago but today the Sunshine Coast boasts two of the largest and most prestigious events in the world: the Noosa Triathlon and the Mooloolaba Triathlon.
■ The first Noosa Triathlon was staged in 1983 and won by Michael Harris and Liz Hepple.
■ It was initially organised by Dave Power and a committee of local residents led by Joe Gilbert of the Lions Club. It was a 2km swim, 37km cycle and 8km run but later adopted the standard distances of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
■ Garth Prowd, who raced in the original 1983 event, took over the running of the Noosa Tri. He formed USM Events in the late 1980s and has been involved in and run numerous events, not only on the Sunshine Coast but throughout Australia.
■ In 1992, the Noosa Multi-Sport Festival had its beginnings, with both the criterium and 5km Bolt run added.
■ The Noosa Triathlon was firmly established by the time the Mooloolaba Triathlon was first staged in 1993 by USM Events with the help of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Organising Committee. It was won by Brad Bevan and Alexandra Laws.
■ In 1995 the Mooloolaba Triathlon became one of the national selection races and in 1997 and 1998 was the Australian and ITU Oceania Championships. It gained its current ITU World Cup status in 2005.