As the 2008 Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival approaches, thousands of Australians are about to gear up for the race known as the triathlon mecca.
For some it will be their first race for others their annual journey they simply must take.
Each year the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival sets new benchmarks and 2008 will be no different with triathlon entries already at capacity. With 6000 plus athletes having booked their places the event holds title as the second largest in the world.
Managing Director of USM Events Garth Prowd said that this trend has continued each year as places in the triathlon are now at a premium.
Deep in its 26 year history the festivals success and demand is positioned only by the events ability to continually evolve.
Noosa is the biggest triathlon event in Australia and the extensive festival and entertainment program offers so much more than just the one off event experience, said Prowd.
Its a unique event held in a fabulous destination that people schedule their annual holidays around.
In a unique mix where Olympians meet weekend worriers across a number of sporting challenges the festival has certainly got the mix right.
Aside from the triathlon, other festival favourites include the 20th anniversary of the Eyeline Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim, Superkidz Tri, Breakfast 5km Fun Run that raises money for breast cancer as well as one of the biggest lifestyle expos in the country.
Add another two golf tournaments (celebrity and corporate), corporate/VIP facilities, a Miss and Mr Noosa Model Search and serious after Party and your starting to get the gist why people pay homage to this event from as far as the UK, US, New Zealand and of course, from around Australia.
The Saturday afternoon program is a sports fans delight with the Asics 5km Bolt featuring Australias best elite runners, mens and womens Cycling Grand Prix that includes Olympians and Tour de France greats, and the Aussie Football Legends featuring AFL, NRL and our Former Origin Greats battling it out for supremacy in a modified triathlon to the delight of a 40,000 strong crowd.
On Sunday November 2 the Noosa Triathlon remains the highlight as Olympian, World Champions and Australias best join with every day fitness enthusiasts on the same course (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) in achieving their own challenges.
Strutting her stuff will be four time Noosa Triathlon champion and newly crowned Olympic gold medalist Emma Snowsill as she returns to her self-confessed favourite event to be part of the action. Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffat will join her, both refreshed after a well deserved break following their Beijing success.
With the retirement of six-time Noosa Triathlon champion Craig Walton in April the opportunity now exists for another to step up and make their mark. Walton still holds the race record he set back in 1997.
During the four day festival expect to see a host of Olympians and possibly some high profile television or movie stars strolling around Noosa just itching to be part of the action and youll start to get a small taste of why everyone heads to Noosa each November.
The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is held each year with the 2008 event scheduled from the 29th October until 2nd November.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival
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13 October 2008 Eyeline Swim Celebrates 20 Years
The Eyeline Swim was introduced to the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival program back in 1989 and in its colourful 20 year history has become an integral part of the festival and one of the blue ribbon events that competitors and spectators flock to each Friday of the festival weekend.
General Manger of USM Events, Garth Prowd said in 1989 we devised a strategy to introduce a swim event to utilize one of Noosas biggest draw cards -Noosa Main Beach. We wanted to encourage patronage to both the swim and the Surf Lifesaving Club. This concept was an instant hit with swimmers and spectators.
USM Events worked hard in building the numbers up in the swim and reached its peak in the mid 90s to the beginning of 2000 with over a 1,200 competitors taking part each year and thousands more spectators making it the largest ocean swim in Queensland.
With the Noosa Triathlon a sell out in record time, the Eyeline Swim is the next to fill and organizers have indicated a bumper year with entries way ahead of last year. Organisers are keen to attract the support of local swimmers and urge them to enter this year and help commemorate this key event on the program.
The swim is not just for the elite but encourages people of all ages and abilities with categories from Tadpoles (Under 13) to Pioneers (70+).
Over the years the Eyeline Swim has attracted some of the biggest names in swimming including, Keiren Perkins, Guy Leach, Grant Kenny, Lisa Curry-Kenny, Ky Hurst, Grant Hackett, Julie McDonald and Michael McKenzie just some of the swimming superstars to add their names to the winners list.
In 2006, former Ironman champion Ky Hurst claimed his place in the events history winning his sixth Eyeline swim and surpassing the great Keiren Perkins record of five wins.
Our competitors can lay claim to a significant portion of the growth and development of the event, Prowd revealed.
Almost everything that has happened in the development of the event has been the result of feedback from competitors, supporters and participants and now we are asking that our customers and local community help us turn the corner in re-establishing the Eyeline Swim as a premier event on the program and keeping long term support and sponsorship, he added.
The Eyeline Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim kicks off from 4:30pm on Friday 31 October followed by the Hastings Street Fiesta, Clovelly Estate Waiters Challenge, Celebrity Tri Bar and Sea FM Fireworks along the Noosa River, in Noosa Woods.
Entertainment on tap at tri
There is so much more to the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival than just swimming, cycling and running. This year organizers have stepped up the entertainment program of the festival offering another element to the world famous festival that competitors and the general public can enjoy.
The entertainment program will feature in the newly created Festival Village relocated at the Noosa Woods, end of Hastings Street starting on Friday 31 October -- Sunday 2 November.
The Seven Noosa Sport & Lifestyle Expo, Queensland's biggest of its kind will contain even more this year with over 55 exhibitors featuring a huge range of sporting equipment, supplements, apparel and technical equipment. Grab a bargain, test drive equipment or sample products or just window shop.
As a sponsor of the Expo this year Channel Seven will be setting up their Listening Post, pop in and have you say on any topic and you could end up on the Noosa post event two hour telecast.
Over the two days there will be fashion parades, athlete appearances, demonstrations on bike maintenance, tips from the experts, stunt bike display, bra fittings, crowd giveaways from our sponsors and loads more. All this in the surrounds of the beautiful Noosa Woods, which for the first time, will be turned in to the Tri Festival Village.
The Hastings Street Fiesta gets underway from 4.30pm on Friday 31 October. Kids can join in the fun and win prizes in the fancy dress competition, dig for Captain Jack's treasure while munching on free pop corn and fairy floss.
Cheer on your favourite restaurant in the Clovely Estate Waiters Challenge, watch the street theatre and Sea FM fireworks spectacular at Noosa Woods or join sporting legends at the Celebrity Tri Bar - Cato's, Sheraton at 7pm where celebrity cocktail making will take on a whole new dimension.
Expo trading hours:
Friday 31 October 10:00am -- 7:00pm
Saturday 1 November 9:00am -- 5:30pm
The popular Brett Orr Duo will help to kick off the evening program at Festival Village on Friday night.
Saturday brings some entertainment of a different kind with our Super Saturday program from 2.30pm, Noosa Parade. The Aussie Football Legends featuring some of AFL, NRL, Former Origin Greats and celebrities go round in a modified triathlon, the girl's heat up the cycling track in the Northside Party Hire Noosa Grand Prix, then the fastest men and women line up in the Asics 5km Bolt, followed by the big guns of world cycling in the men's Northside Party Hire Noosa Grand Prix to the delight of the 25,000 strong crowd.
The music entertainment continues on Sunday at party central in Festival Village, Noosa Woods from 1pm with Kindread, a four piece band then Splinter Cell from 6pm. Full bar facilities available.
Splinter Cell are all about entertainment. They like to read the crowd and play music that suits people's age and moods. This is accomplished by drawing on over 30 years of performing experience playing to both large and small audiences from age groups of 18 to 50 years.
Songs come from entertainers such as Jet, Powderfinger, Pearl Jam, The Doors, Ugly Kid Joe, AC/DC, Green Day, The Radiators, The Screaming Jets and much more.
For a full entertainment program visit www.usmevents.com.au or phone 07 5449 0711
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