TRIATHLON: It's official, the Noosa Triathlon has retained its mantle of world's biggest Olympic distance triathlon.
This year's edition of the iconic 1.5km swim, 40km ride, 10km run event attracted 8000 individual and team competitors to Noosa Heads.
It ensured the event held its status as the most popular in the globe, ahead of London, Chicago and Hamburg.
And it looks like next year's edition will be packed as well, with entries for just over 6000 individual competitors selling out in 48 hours. Team entries are tracking slightly ahead of the previous edition too.
The event is seen as special because of its location, climate and course.
"There's nowhere more beautiful than Noosa," this year's race director Rebecca Van Pooss said.
"And the history, we're celebrating 35 years in 2017, so we've been around a long time and we deliver a great event. Noosa's a great place to keep coming back to."
The route includes an ocean swim off Noosa Main Beach, a cycling course through the hinterland and a run leg along Noosa river.
"Changing the swim (last year) to the Main Beach, rather than around the canals, has helped us make sure we continue to evolve."
The triathlon itself is part of a week-long festival of action which also includes a swim and professional running and cycling races, as well as a junior event.
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