Iron­man set to push the best to break­ing point

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE gru­elling iron dis­tance triathlon that is the Cairns Air­port Iron­man Cairns will be rac­ing through Port Dou­glas this Sun­day.

Wit­ness the ac­tion by head­ing down to Macrossan Street to watch the par­tic­i­pants mid­way through the 180km cy­cling leg of this colos­sal race.

The clas­sic Iron­man dis­tance be­gins and ends in Cairns and fea­tures a 3.8km swim in Cairns, 180km bike leg in­cor­po­rat­ing Port Dou­glas and a 42.2km run that will see the fin­ish line in the heart of Cairns.

The Ur­ban Ho­tel Group Iron­man 70.3 Cairns will be held on the same course but fea­tures only half the dis­tance and half the pain.

With a 1.9km swim, 90km cy­cle and 21.1km run, the 70.3 par­tic­i­pants won’t make it into Port Dou­glas but with the races be­ing held at dif­fer­ent times of the day, they will have the chance to wait at the fin­ish line to cheer on the full-dis­tance par­tic­i­pants.

With a large num­ber of lo­cals in both events, there are plenty of rea­sons to cheer on those com­pet­ing.

There will also be a huge TV screen and com­men­ta­tor out­side the Cen­tral Ho­tel in Macrossan St and live mu­sic to en­ter­tain the crowds on Grant St dur­ing the day.

Cap­tain Cook High­way will be closed south­bound from Port Dou­glas to Palm Cove from 6am-6.30pm Sun­day and ac­cess to Cairns will be via the Kennedy High­way through Ku­randa.

Boat trans­fers will op­er­ate be­tween Cairns and Port Dou­glas for spec­ta­tors who want to “Chase the Race”.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. cairn­sad­ven­turefes­ti­ or phone 1300 835 411.

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