15 April 2013
If you love the atmosphere and excitement of a major sporting event or the thrill of the finish line at a marathon, you won’t want to miss the 2013 Ironman Australia triathlon, which is set to be held in Port Macquarie on Sunday May 5.
This is where the best of the best in the triathlon scene from Australia and around the world come to showcase their athletic prowess as they swim, bike and run their way toward a gold medal – or simply the glory of saying they lived to tell the tale of competing in an Ironman race.
An Ironman triathlon has a swim distance of 3.8 kilometres, a 180-kilometre bike portion and a 42.2 km run – the same length as a standard marathon. More than 1,500 competitors are set to take part in this challenging race – most have been training for years, and all will have needed to complete a qualifying competition (and achieved less than a specific time) to enter.
The Port Macquarie course is known as one of the most picturesque Ironman routes in the world – and spectators will have plenty of opportunities to take in all the action. Information on the swim, bike and run courses – as well as the transitions – will be available soon on the ‘Courses’ section of the Ironman Australia website – keep checking for more information.
Port Macquarie can easily be accessed by road from Sydney and Newcastle, and if you are planning to spend a few days in the area during the Ironman competition, there are plenty of other attractions to check out in this friendly seaside community.
One venue that is well worth a look is the Koala Hospital, which is the first facility of its kind in the world dedicated solely to the care and protection of koalas. Elsewhere, you may enjoy spending some time on the beautiful local beaches – there are 18 in total. One you might want to check out is Lighthouse Beach, which stretches for a sandy nine kilometres, and is a popular surfing destination.