Athletes from across Australia and around the world are heading to Tropical North Queensland for this Sunday’s Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns.
More than 2,500 athletes will take part in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races, with the fan favourite event celebrating its 12th running in 2023.
Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Oceania for The IRONMAN Group said that the team is looking forward to welcoming athletes back to the region.
“We can’t wait to see more than 2,500 athletes take part in IRONMAN Cairns on Sunday,” said Meyer.
“It’s great to see so many athletes coming back to Cairns in 2023 and our team looks forward to welcoming them across the finish line as they achieve their goals on race day.”
IRONMAN Cairns was also announced as the best IRONMAN Series event in the world for athlete satisfaction, as voted for by triathletes.
Known affectionately as the ‘Race in Paradise’, IRONMAN Cairns took out the top accolade in the 2022 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards, reclaiming the title which the event also achieved in 2018.
Meyer said that the region was proud to be home to the world’s best IRONMAN Series event.
“We’re thrilled that the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns was identified as the number one IRONMAN Series event in the world last year,” said Meyer.
“Out of the 50 IRONMAN triathlons that took place globally in 2022, IRONMAN Cairns earned the top honour in Overall Satisfaction, a reflection of all the amazing facets of our local event.
“With the outstanding beauty of the race setting along with the incredible on course experience for athletes, you can see why IRONMAN Cairns has earned the title of world's best IRONMAN Series event and we can’t wait to welcome athletes back again this week,” he said.
Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning welcomed athletes and their supporters back to the region for this year’s event.
“For more than a decade we have watched IRONMAN Cairns grow and develop into a ‘must-do’ event for athletes from across the globe,” said Mayor Manning.
“There’s nothing quite like the lead-up to IRONMAN Cairns – all week long you can see athletes preparing across the city and enjoying what our region has to offer. Then come race day, the atmosphere is simply electric.
“This is an important event for our city and brings with it an injection of visitors and exposure for the region,” he said.
“Our community has embraced IRONMAN and hundreds of locals are part of this event each year, either as participants, as volunteers, or as vocal supporters lining the streets to offer encouragement. It is all part of what makes this event special.”
This Sunday’s race will be broadcast live through IRONMAN.com/LIVE, YouTube and Facebook, bringing the world to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
The live broadcast will follow the men’s and women’s professional race, with the region’s top athletes going head-to-head across 226km.
For more information on the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns visit: https://www.ironman.com/im-cairns
The Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.