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Our ultimate guide to the Noosa Triathlon

Noosa’s sporting pedigree is set to be in the spotlight come October 31 as the region gears up for the internationally renowned event that is the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sports Festival.

Drawing large crowds of sporting enthusiasts, supporters and internally ranked competitors alike, the five-day event is one of the most anticipated on the Sunshine Coast calendar.

Whether you’re in it, supporting loved ones or just keen to be part of the festive sporting atmosphere, here’s our guide to all the fun and excitement of the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sports Festival.

The festival

Heralded as the largest triathlon event in the world, the Noosa Triathlon isn’t just a race but a festival that lasts five days and spans a host of idyllic locations in and around picturesque Noosa.

The event celebrates sports, healthy lifestyles, fitness and fun with a mix of competitive races and charity events that all offer sport and entertainment coupled with sun, sea and surf.

The renowned festival culminates in one of the most popular events on the Ironman calendar, with the main triathlon on Sunday, November 4 featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride, and 10km run.

On its own the tri draws a competitive field of 8500 athletes and is classed as one of Australia’s premier sporting events, commanding international interest along with some of the biggest names in the triathlon sphere.

Participants can enter as individuals or in teams, and this has been the breeding ground for some of Australia’s top athletes since 1982.

But even if you’re not an elite athlete, the five-day festival features something for everyone to enjoy.

Festival Events include:

  • Run Swim Run
  • Noosa Charity Golf Day
  • Tour de Noosa – Garth Prowd Ride
  • Jaybird Noosa Breakfast Fun Run – Fundraising for National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim
  • Noosa Superkidz Triathlon
  • Tingirana Special Triathlon
  • ASICS Bolt
  • Australian Open Criterium

The schedule

October 31 – The Noosa Triathlon and Multi Sports Festival kicks off bright and early at 6.30am on October 31 with the Run Swim Run event. Attracting adult and junior competitors, this event takes place at Noosa Main Beach.

November 1 – November 1 sees a more relaxed, party vibe, with the charity golf day at Tewantin Golf Club from 11am followed by the official launch party from 6pm at Festival Village in Noosa Woods.

November 2 – Things start to really heat up come Friday, with the Tour de Noosa – Garth Prowd Ride commencing at 6am from the Noosa Surf Club, followed by the Jaybird Noosa Breakfast Fun Run which starts at Noosa Woods at 7.30am. The Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim takes place that afternoon at 4.15pm at Main Beach, while the Noosa Sports and Lifestyle Expo runs throughout the day at Festival Village.

November 3 –  On Saturday morning it’s the young athletes’ time to shine, with the Superkids Triathlon commencing at 7.30am at Chaplin Park, Noosaville. This is immediately followed by the Tingirana Special Triathlon which begins at the same location straight after the start of the Superkids event.

That afternoon, the Australian Open Criterium women’s race takes place at 2.30pm at Noosa Parade, followed by the Legends Triathlon event at 3.20pm, the ASICS Bolt at 4pm and the Australian Open Criterium men’s race at 4.40pm.

November 4 – Sunday is all about the main event and a little celebration. The Triathlon commences at 6.15am at Main Beach as competitors hit the surf for the 1.5km swim. It’s followed by the 40km ride out through Tewantin and along Noosa-Cooroy Road, and the run along Noosa Parade and Weyba Road.

From 11am things are in party mode, with a Festival Village Sunday Sesh featuring live music, the fireworks spectacular at 6pm and a party that lingers long into the evening at Noosa Main Beach.

A detailed schedule of events is available here.

Best spectator spots

There are plenty of vantage points to enjoy all the action, adrenaline and endurance of the triathlon.

You can catch the swim leg from the Main Beach at Noosa Heads, take in cycling from Noosa Parade, through Tewantin and beyond along Noosa-Cooroy Road. Meanwhile, the run traverses Noosa Parade and around to Weyba Road, and there will be road closures at varying times.

You can learn more about all the activities on offer and further details of the event route at the official website.

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