Worlds back on radar
SETTING the benchmark at last year’s event, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship could return to the Sunshine Coast in 2020.
While the famed Ironman World Championship is anchored in Hawaii, the half distance title decider moves every year.
Last year it was held at Mooloolaba to rave reviews, and this weekend the titles are in the United States at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The weekend’s 70.3 event did not require qualification. World title events only take the leading competitors from elite and age group categories who gain entry through either finishing high enough in their segment, or
gaining enough points over a series of races.
That saw a massive influx of international competitors to the region, both pre and post event.
At a VIP event in Mooloolaba on Friday, Ironman head of partnerships Jeff Gillies said he was confident the Sunshine Coast would again host the event given the success of 2016.
Next year’s 70.3 world championship will be staged at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
For 2019 it will head for Nice, France.
Jeff said the Sunshine Coast had set the standard for other world championships last year, and was hopeful the title decider would return to the Asia Pacific region in 2020.
“Our athletes travel with our
brand. They travel with our sport and it’s a lifestyle for them,” Jeff said.
“The Sunshine Coast holds a very special part of that lifestyle. Here we are coming into spring and getting ready for summer... it’s the traditional kick-off for our season.
“We (are) now rolling to events like the Noosa Triathlon celebrating its 35th year, which is just such an outstanding achievement, then we gear up for Mooloolaba and roll into the Gold Coast region which is a big year with (ITU) worlds.
“What works for us is the attributes of the destination. It’s also the community and the partners who are around here who have the vision and the foresight to invest.”
Action from the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Mooloolaba.