Three-race fin­ish at Four Mile

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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