Chal­lenge Cairns now Iron­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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