The countdown is on to one of the biggest events on the national sporting calendar, with Noosa readying to embrace athletes and spectators alike for the annual Noosa Triathlon from November 1-5.

This year marks a special occasion for the five-day festival, with organisers celebrating 35 years of what has come to be known as the largest triathlon event in the globe.

And this home-grown triathlon isn’t just an event for the national and global sporting elite. It’s is a Multi Sport Festival celebrating fitness, health and fun, against the idyllic backdrop of picturesque Noosa.

So let’s lace up our running shoes and take a quick spin around the event that is the Noosa Triathlon.

The race

Featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival attracts 8500 triathlon competitors for the Sunday event and 12,000 participants across the five-day festival. It’s 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, but this has been the stomping ground for current and up -coming athletes since 1982.

And there’s far more to this sporting celebration than the flagship triathlon. Over the course of the festival there are a host of other events to enjoy for people of all ages.

These include a kids-only triathlon, a Breakfast Fun Run, golf tournament, ocean swim, and both men’s and women’s cycling to name just a few.

The ethos

The main event may boast some of some of the biggest names in sport and be backed by Ironman, but it’s a celebration that attracts far more than the sporting elite.

The entire event is dedicated to fitness, fun and healthy living, while showcasing the spectacular region of Noosa. Live entertainment, sun-filled days, stellar surf and superb sportsmanship are the order of every day throughout the festival.

Getting involved

So popular is this annual fixture on the triathlon calendar that individual race entries to this 35th anniversary event sold out in 48 hours, but there’s still a host of ways for people to get involved.

These include:

  • A Breakfast Fun Run
  • Run Swim Run event
  • The Superkidz and Special Triathlon on Saturday morning.
  • The Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium, and Asics Noosa Bolt on Saturday afternoon.
  • Legends Triathlon, attracting a premium field of sporting legends

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 Lions Park 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.

The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is one of the ultimate ways to experience the health-conscious, outdoor-loving lifestyle for which Noosa is renowned. It’s the opportunity to witness the true sporting elite, take part in a family-friendly event, or revel in the region’s beautiful surrounds.

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

Noosa Quays is located within short walking distance of all the action and excitement of the Noosa Triathlon.

A premium Noosa accommodation provider, it offers deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound. Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it is centrally located and easily reached.

 

Disconnect from the world…

…and reconnect with nature

On 15 October, the Wild Women Adventure Race takes place in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland, in historic Pomona, where fitness challenges – for women only – showcase endurance, mental and physical strength, and teamwork. The courses consist of races on foot, canoe/kayaks and mountain bikes, and competitors use traditional methods of finding hidden checkpoints. Instead of using GPS applications or smart phones, team members disconnect and use old fashioned compasses and maps.

For paddling, a stable two-person craft will be available for each team of two. Each competitor will wear a personal flotation device for safety.

Bikes are available for rent, or you can use your own, so simply register online and bring your running shoes, compass and backpack. Register online here before 9 October. Race begins at 8 am on the 15th, with registration beginning at 6:30 am.

For those looking for ultimate relaxation after a day of rigorous activity, Noosa Quays is just the spot. With oversized balconies overlooking the serene Noosa Sound, sea salt breezes and waterfront apartments welcome guests among its private beach and tropical gardens. Wind down with a glass of wine or time in the sauna, all while being just a stroll away from downtown Hastings Street in Noosa. For more information or to book a reservation, visit Noosa Heads holiday rentals

 

Climb to the top…

…to help others stay on top of cancer research

On 14 May, the very first Smiddy 1-Day Mountain Bike Challenge will kick off throughout the beautiful mountain climbs of the hinterland, while raising money and awareness for cancer research. The ride, which goes through Tewantin, Cooran, Pomona and other areas of hinterland, is named after Adam Smiddy, who died from an aggressive form of melanoma. Smiddy was a triathlete and physiotherapist, and “Smiling for Smiddy,” the official charity of the Noosa Triathlon, is a non-profit raising funds for cancer research and patient support through events like those Smiddy enjoyed, such as cycling and triathlon events.

The event hosts a 20km ride, a 55km ride with slightly less elevation in fire trails and single-track riding, three big lookout climbs, 750m elevation as well as country roads. The entry fee of $250 includes a Smiddy cycling kit with a t-shirt, day bag, water bottle, jersey and gloves, as well as bike mechanic support. A van will meet riders throughout the day with nutritional items such as food and water, and riders will have lunch at Twin Hills Lookout, a stunning setting overlooking the coast.

For a place to relax after all of the strenuous climbs of the hinterlands, visit Noosa Quays resort, just a stroll away from popular Hasting Street, and walking distance to popular restaurants. Tucked away on its private beach among its own tropical gardens, the resort’s oversized balconies provide blissful views of the spectacular Noosa Sound, complete with amenities such as a sauna and pool. For more information on our Noosa Sound apartments phone Glenn or Suzie on 07 5449 2699 or email reception@noosaquays.com.au