1200-plus athletes arrive
THREE massive sporting events will culminate on Four Mile Beach on Sunday.
The Coral Coast 5150 Triathlon, the RRR Mountain Bike Challenge and the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge will wash up more than 1200 athletes and attract hundreds of spectators to the region.
The three sporting events include opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part, and will see first timers compete alongside Olympic class athletes, bringing record crowds of supporters to Port Douglas beaches.
The event has grown on the success of last year’s with an unprecedented number of entrants partici- pating in all three events.
The Ocean Challenge has enlisted 200 competitors, double the figure of last year’s entries and both the RRR Mountain Bike Challenge and the Coral Coast 5150 Triathlon will have more than 500 competitors.
This adds up to an incredible increase of 30 per cent in entry figures in just the second year the events have been held on the same day as part of the Cairns Adventure Festival.
The convergence of athletes and supporters on to Port Douglas beached will generate a much-needed boost to tourism in the local area.
Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dobbs welcomed the exposure just after Carni- vale.
“This event gets participants and their supporters to the area, and means that people come to stay, eat and shop in Port Douglas,” he said.
“Not only that, but the generous media exposure should be recognised - events like these help promote the beautiful features of our destination, and get people thinking about travel plans to this part of the world.”
Crowds are expected to gather to cheer on local and national competitors alike.
Entertaining the crowds will be Chris Ah Gee and the Montgomery Brothers, performing live from 10am at the Port Douglas Life Saving Club.
Local legends: RRR Mountain bike challenge competitor Scott Hudson, traithlete Alistair Spence and members of Port Douglas Outriggerscompeting in the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge yesterday