IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns returns on 7 June 2020
IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns features a course memorable for the swim in the warm waters of Tropical North Queensland, the bike leg that travels up arguably the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and run that includes the Cairns boardwalk before finishing in the heart of the city of Cairns.
IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns was launched in 2011 and takes athletes along the same course as the renowned Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns from reef to rainforest. The bike leg takes athletes up the Captain Cook Highway where the coastline views are spectacular.
Race Entry, Travel, Accommodation
Tri Travel provide discount race entry packages, the closest event accommodation on the race course and comprehensive travel solutions for athletes, their supporters and race equipment. Tri Travel can arrange all the event logistics including:
- Discounted Race Entry Packages
- Closest event site accommodation
- Travel/flights to event
- Industry rate car hire
- Discount travel insurance
- Discount bike insurance
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders. The city is renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambiance. With islands, rainforests and stunning reefs on its doorstep your post-race options are limitless. Immerse yourself in the rainforest, discover iconic Aussie wildlife and ancient Indigenous culture or relax on palm fringed beaches.
The IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship is held during the Cairns winter, but don’t let that fool you. The weather offers welcoming temperatures 26 °C (79 °F) for an average high and 18 °C (64 °F) for an average low.
Cairns Airport is an international airport with direct flights to 20 international and 44 domestic destinations, handling more than three million passengers each year.
The direct international destinations include Japan, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.
Tri Travel can arrange all your transfers and accommodation needs for your stay in Cairns. Contact us at [email protected]
Starting on Palm Cove Beach, the first leg in your IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns journey will have swimmers complete a 1 lap, anti-clockwise course. Starting from the beach in a Rolling Swim Start, please make sure you seed yourself according to your ability.
**Please note the cycle course has been modified from previous years** Cyclists exit Transition 1 (T1 – Palm Cove) and head out along Cedar Road onto the Captain Cook Highway turning left and heading south for 250m to the southern turnaround before heading north. Athletes continue up the Captain Cook Highway, taking in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and seaside rainforest that Tropical North Queensland and IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns is famous for. The undulating, and winding course will take athletes past Ellis Beach to the turnaround point, approximately 3km north of Thala Beach. From the turnaround point, cyclists will follow the Captain Cook Highway south, past Palm Cove and through Smithfield, down Sidlaw, Dunne and McGregor Roads before turning onto Yorkeys Knob Road and rejoining the Captain Cook highway down into Cairns CBD and into Transition 2 (T2 – Fogarty Park, Cairns).
HOKA One One Run Course – 21.1km
**Please note the run course has been modified from previous years** Runners will exit Transition 2 (T2 – Fogarty Park, Cairns) to commence the first of 2 laps which begin by heading south towards the Ports North Marina, Cruise Liner Terminal and Hemmingway’s Brewery. Runners then proceed back past the finish line venue and Esplanade Lagoon and continue north through the parklands adjacent to Cairns Esplanade as far as Airport Avenue. Athletes then complete the first lap returning through the parklands to the Esplanade Lagoon. Now is the time for all athletes to enjoy the experience of running through the vibrant ‘hub’ of the Cairns Esplanade, one of the most popular destinations, for both tourists and locals, in Cairns. Run past the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, where many locals spend a sunny day, take in the impressive site of Mount Yarrabah across the water, and enjoy the atmosphere along the Esplanade. Unfortunately for athletes, you will have to settle for one of the aid stations on course, rather than stopping to enjoy a ‘cold one’ as you finish up the last few laps of the race, but the energy and support of all the spectators in the area should help to carry you through to the finish line. If you have friends and family supporting you on the day, this is where they need to be to catch all the action of the final leg of your IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns journey.
Athlete Information Guide
We ask that all participants please take the time to review this carefully before race weekend. Please note this is the only form of race briefing available.
ATHLETE INFORMATION GUIDE