Challenge Cairns now Ironman
THE aptly named Challenge Cairns has been recognised as a qualifier for the most prestigious and toughest event in the endurance sport, the Ironman World Championship, held annually in Hawaii.
The event, newly recognised as a key global Ironman race, will now rival the best longstanding events in the world.
Held on the June 3, the tough event features a 3.8km Swim, a 180km coastal cycle and a 42.2km run, with 40 qualifying Ironman World Championship places on offer.
Last year saw 1500 competitors from over 17 different countries, battle it out in tropical conditions, in both the iron man and half distance events, and organizers expect that due to the elevated prestige and worl renowned Ironman branding accredited to the event that entry numbers for 2012 will soar.
“We could see as many as 3,000 competitors this year - an amazing increase on last year’s figures,” CEO of organising body USM Events, Jeff Myer said.
“There are no Ironman events within the Asia region, this is sure to mean an influx of potentially thousands of overseas competitors, in particular from the Asian region.”
The event is likely to generate a welcome boost to tourism in the whole of the Cairns region.
“We are excited by the opportunity to bring the Ironman experience to one of the World’s most beautiful destinations. The Cairns Adventure Festival showcases Tropical Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef like no other event in the world” Managing Director of USM Events Daryl Herbert said.