Celebrating 30 at Tri

The resort town of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was one very busy place this week as the Noosa Triathlon and multi-sport festival celebrated its 30th birthday.

Held over several days with a huge number of swim, run and cycle events for all age groups and topped off with Sunday morning’s triathlon, more than 14,000 competitors took part.

Spectator numbers were estimated at more than 50,000. Many went through the crowded expo marquee over four days, checking out the regular and new brands and latest products.

Among the most popular stands, were the official apparel and the spectacular Noosa Tri8 shoe from long-time sponsor ASICS.

Visitors stocking up with their favourite Eyeline swimwear and goggles and Skins compression wear kept these teams frantically busy, while new brands included the Gromet Sports Gear for junior triathletes and Ryder sports specific sunnies.

Claimed to be the world’s second largest Olympic distance triathlon ( after the London event), the elite mens race was won by Peter Kerr and the women’s by Ashleigh Gentle.

Past and present stars of track and pool turned out to present medals and awards to juniors and seniors taking part in the multitude of competitions and to celebrate the launch of the Noosa Tri Walk of Fame.

• The first tri was held in 1982, with 180 competitors – wetsuits were banned, helmets were optional and many cyclists got lost on the course.

Pictured: Corey, Kylie and Brendon Prior man the Gromet Sports Gear stand at the Noosa multi-sport festival expo

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