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Mooloolaba Triathlon 2017: Everything you need to know

Action from the inaugural Mooloolaba Triathlon, staged on May 16, 1993.
Action from the inaugural Mooloolaba Triathlon, staged on May 16, 1993. Sunshine Coast Daily Archives

WHEN you think of the Sunshine Coast you think of stunning beaches, active and healthy lifestyles and an overriding sense of community.

The Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival celebrates all of these facets and will this weekend, celebrate its 25th year as one of the Coast's premier sporting events.

More than 5000 competitors among 11,000 visitors have started to arrive in the region, ahead of the opening event on The Esplanade on Friday night.

For 25 years, the Sunshine Coast Daily has brought you everything you need to know about the entertainment, the thrills, spills, the epic finishes and of course, the road closures.

This year is no different and we've broken down everything you need to know about the festival here:

 

Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Women's race, March 14, 2015: 
Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, ITU Triathlon World Cup Elite Women's race, March 14, 2015: Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily Patrick Woods

 

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

One of the Sunshine Coast's signature major events, the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, celebrates its 25th Anniversary this weekend with more than 5000 competitors involved in a series of spectacular races across the three days.

The year's festival is highlighted by the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on Saturday, where some of biggest names in triathlon will compete, and the Mooloolaba Triathlon age group and team events on Sunday.

Local business owners are gearing up to welcome the thousands of participants and their supporters who have already started to descend on the Coast. For many, it's an annual visit which they extend after the race.

Mooloolaba Beach Pharmacy owner Mario Barbagallo has witnessed the event grow over the years and welcomes the business and profile that the festival brings to the area.

Mr Barbagallo said that creating a welcome atmosphere and understanding the needs of both the participants and their supporters is key to leveraging the benefits that events like this bring.

"Not only do participants come in for essential supplies, we see a lot of business from their friends and supporters who stock up on everything from sunscreen to phone chargers," Mr Barbagallo said.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O'Pray said the region was excited about the 25th celebrations of the signature triathlon event.

"The Sunshine Coast has proudly hosted this iconic tri festival for 25 years, reinforcing our region's reputation for being the home of triathlon in Australia," Cr OPray said.

"It's also a fantastic event our local region as it brings an estimated economic contribution of $6.2 million and benefits a range of business from accommodation providers, cafes, restaurants, food providers and chemists to name a few.

"It's also a great event for spectators, so we invite our local residents to come on down celebrate the festival's milestone anniversary."

 

12/12/06       161911aMooloolaba beach, loo with a view , crowd, highrisePhoto Warren Lynam
12/12/06 161911aMooloolaba beach, loo with a view , crowd, highrisePhoto Warren Lynam WARREN LYNAM/161911a

 

 

EVENTS YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS

IF YOU'RE not quite sure what time your race starts, or you would like to attend as a spectator, here's some of the key events and times you'll need to know.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

  • Sport & Lifestyle Expo, Beach Terrace. 2-7pm.
  • ITU World Cup Swim Familiarisation Main Beach, Mooloolaba. 2pm
  • Triathlon Check In Beach Terrace 2-7pm.
  • Twilight Sprint RACE START (Elite Race) Mooloolaba Esplanade 5pm. 5km race at 6pm.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

  • Superkidz & Special Triathlon EVENT START Charles Clarke Park, River Esplanade, 8am.
  • Ocean Swim RACE START Main Beach, Mooloolaba, 10am.
  • Triathlon Check In Beach Terrace, 11am-4pm.
  • ITU Triathlon World Cup Race Start (Women 11.30am, Men 2.30pm).

SUNDAY, MARCH 12

  • Triathlon Age Group RACE START Main Beach, Mooloolaba, 6.35am.
  • Sport and Lifestyle Expo Beach Terrace, 8am-1pm.
  • Triathlon Teams RACE START, Main Beach, Mooloolaba, 8.22am.

 

Mooloolaba Triathlon Sunday morning events. Oceania Cup race and open and age group races:
crowd at the Loo With a View cheer on the competitors.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Mooloolaba Triathlon Sunday morning events. Oceania Cup race and open and age group races: crowd at the Loo With a View cheer on the competitors. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman / SCN270311TRIOPEN

 

FLASHBACK: What happened in the first-ever Mooloolaba Tri?

In 1993, 255 individual competitors and 74 teams competed in the inaugural event.

The cycle course looped up over Buderim Ave, down the motorway, back onto Brisbane Road then up the front of the esplanade 5 times.

The run leg was two laps out and back and the transition area was located where the finish line is today.

Brad Bevan and Alexandra Laws were the inaugural champions.

 

The presentations were held at the Mooloolaba Pub beer garden which was on the front of the esplanade.

Benny Pike called everyone that day, by himself with no computer aids.

*Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Tri Academy's Toby Coote

ROAD CLOSURES AND WHERE CAN I PARK?

 

TRAFFIC: You can expect some delays on Coast roads this weekend.
TRAFFIC: You can expect some delays on Coast roads this weekend. John McCutcheon

WHETHER you are in town for the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival or simply trying to get around town while the week-long event is on, it will pay to know where you can and can't go.

With thousands of competitors expected to take to thoroughfares around the region, there will be a significant impact on traffic.

There will be plenty of closed roads while others are likely to be busier than usual.

No-go zones will include the Sunshine Motorway, Mooloolaba Esplanade, Alexandra Parade, Mooloolaba Road and Waylan Street while places like David Low Way could have traffic at a crawl.

Here's a guide to the closures below. Note that some closures start on a particular day and go for days.

If you need to use the Sunshine Motorway on Sunday morning, scroll to the bottom for preferred routes.

For those keen to check out the event, there's $10 parking available at Mooloolaba State School on Friday night, Saturday and from Sunday 4am (entry via Venning St). There's also a free shuttle bus service available from Mountain Creek High School and River Esplanade bus stop from Saturday 8am until 4.30pm and Sunday 4.30am until 5.30pm

ROAD CLOSURES

FRIDAY

Brisbane Rd (First Ave to Mooloolaba Esp) 1pm until Sunday 8pm

Mooloolaba Esplanade * ^ (Brisbane Rd to Venning St) 1pm until Sunday 8pm

Mooloolaba Esplanade * (Venning St to Buderim Ave) 5pm until 6.30pm

Alexandra Parade (Buderim Ave to Pacific Tce) 5pm until 6.30pm

River Esp carpark (10 bays) 10pm until Saturday 11am

* No Parking - midday Saturday to Sunday 3pm. ^ Local Access Only - Deliveries, Taxis: Friday 9pm to Saturday 9am, Saturday 9pm to Sunday 4.15am

SATURDAY

Brisbane Rd (carpark 90% balance of car park) all day.

Brisbane Rd (First Ave to Mooloolaba Esp) all day.

Mooloolaba Esplanade * ^ (Brisbane Rd to Venning St) all day.

River Esp carpark (10 bays) until 11am.

Brisbane Rd ^ (Walan St to Mooloolaba Esp) 6am until 5pm.

First Ave (Brisbane Rd to Smith St) 6am until 5pm.

River Esplanade (Hancock St to Brisbane Rd) 6am until 10am.

Foote Street (River Esp to Brisbane Rd) 6.30am until 10am.

Burnett Street (Foote St to Hancock St) 6.30am until 10am.

Mooloolaba Esplanade * (Venning st to Buderim ave) 10.30am until 5pm.

Alexandra Parade * (Buderim Ave to Sixth Ave) 10.30am until 5pm.

Sixth Ave * (Aerodrome Rd to Melrose St) 10.30am until 4pm.

Buderim Ave (Mooloolaba Esp to Douglas St) 10.30am until 4pm.

* No Parking - midday Saturday to Sunday 3pm. ^ Local Access Only - Deliveries, Taxis: Friday 9pm to Saturday 9am, Saturday 9pm to Sunday 4.15am.

SUNDAY

Brisbane Rd (carpark 90% balance of car park) until 7pm.

Brisbane Rd (First Ave to Mooloolaba Esp) until 8pm.

Mooloolaba Esplanade * ^ (Brisbane Rd to Venning St) until 8pm.

Mooloolaba Esplanade * (Venning St to Buderim Ave) 5am until 1pm.

Alexandra Parade * (Buderim Ave to Mayfield St) 5am until 1pm.

Alexandra Parade * - southbound (Mayfield St to Sixth Ave) 6am until 1pm.

Sixth Ave (Aerodrome Rd to Melrose St) 6am until 1pm.

Buderim Ave * (Mooloolaba Esp to Douglas St) 5am until 1pm.

Buderim Ave * ^ (Douglas St to Sunshine Motorway) 5am until 11.30am.

* No Parking - midday Saturday to Sunday 2.15pm. 12/3: ^ Local access - 6am > 10.30am: traffic able to cross at Mayfield & Pettigrew St under Police supervision.

Sunshine Motorway - Total Closure (David Low Way, Pacific Paradise to Coolum / Yandina roundabout) 5am until 11.15am.

Sunshine Motorway - South bound lanes (David Low Way, Pacific Paradise to Mooloolaba Rd) 5am until 11.15am.

First Ave (Brisbane Rd to Smith St) 5am until 11.30am.

First Lane (First Ave to Walan St) 5am until 10am.

Walan St (Brisbane Rd to Venning St) 5am until 10am.

Venning St (Walan St to Mooloolaba Esp) 5am until 10am.

SUNSHINE MOTORWAY ON SUNDAY

Sunshine Motorway - Total Closure (David Low Way, Pacific Paradise to Coolum / Yandina roundabout) 5am until 11.15am.

Sunshine Motorway - South bound lanes (David Low Way, Pacific Paradise to Mooloolaba Rd) 5am until 11.15am.

Southbound options: Noosa To Maroochydore (Major Delays on David Low Way, Preferred Alternate Route Bruce Highway, use Eumundi-noosa Rd To Bruce Hwy For Quickest Route), Coolum To Maroochydore (Preffered Alternate Route Bruce Highway, use Yandina-coolum Rd To Bruce Hwy For Quickest Route).

Northbound options: Maroochydore To Noosa (Major Delays David Low Way Preferred Alternate Route Bruce Highway, use Maroochydore Rd To Bruce Hwy For Quickest Route).

CONTINGENCY PLAN

The following is a Contingency Plan only.

In the event that inclement weather and/or rough seas force the event swim leg to be moved further south on Mooloolaba Beach, these additional closures will be in place with the above mentioned closures.

SATURDAY 11 MARCH

River Esp* (Foote St to Parkyn Pde) 11.30am until midday, 1.30pm until 2pm

Hancock Ln (River Esp to Brisbane Rd) 11.30am - midday, 1.30pm until 2pm

Parkyn Pde (River Esp to the end of Parkyn Pde) 11.30am until midday, 1.30pm until 2pm

*Traffic held and released by Police on River Esp at Foote St and Hancock Street.

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