Three-race finish at Four Mile
AN EXCITING day of intense sporting events is set to take place next month as over 1000 competitors race to their respective finish lines.
The Coral Coast 5150 triathlon, the RRR Mountain Bike Challenge and the Hekili Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge will all race to the finish on Four Mile Beach in front of a large crowd.
With all three events in Port Douglas pulling large participation numbers, Four Mile Beach and the Esplanade will likely see over 1100 spectators, if the last two years are anything to go by.
The Coral Coast 5150 triathlon is a tradition in Tropical North Queensland that will join the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival for the third time in 2013 and has three distances for the newbies to the hard core athletes.
The enticer triathlon features a 300m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run, the sprint triathlon is a 750m swim, 20km cyclea nd 5km run and the full 5150 Olympic distance triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
The RRR Mountain Bike Challenge is the longest-running point to point race in Australia and has run consecutively for 22 years.
With around 400 entrants from all over the world racing through the region’s diverse terrain last year, 2013 aims to increase entrant numbers and international exposure, offering the 35km Clas- sic RRR and a 70km Endurance RRR.
The Hekili Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge is back for the third year and should prove to be bigger and better than ever with the Hekili Outrigger Club looking forward to reaching the Port Douglas crew.
A bit of friendly competition makes for a fun day for spectators and should see the outrigger teams arrive on the beach after a 40km paddle, tired but happy.
USM Events senior project manager Tammy Barker said it will be an exciting day on Four Mile Beach.
‘‘We will have live music in our festival venue at the Port Douglas Surf Club and have a great after- noon of presentations planned,’’ she said.
‘‘The festival is coming into its third year and the participation numbers are stronger than we expected. We believe that there is ‘an event for everyone’ in the festival line-up.
‘‘ We are yet to release the names of the pro athletes coming to Port Douglas for the Coral Coast 5150 triathlon but I can say, some of the biggest names of the Australia and international triathlon scene are locked in to join us in Port Douglas and race the Coral Coast 5150, the oldest triathlon in the southern hemisphere.’’
Visit www. usmevents. com. au for more information.