SunSmart Ironman Western Australia Triathlon
For years, competitors and spectators have gathered to participate in and enjoy the Ironman Western Australia Triathlon in Busselton, Western Australia. The event attracts a number of people each year who watch participants compete for a slot in the Ironman World Championship by racing to the finish after swimming 3.8 miles, biking 180 kilometres, and running 42.2 kilometres. For friends, family, and fans of competitors, attending the Ironman Western Australia Triathlon is a wonderful experience, and it is set in an exquisite and exciting area.
2014 Triathlon Schedule
This year, friends, family, and fans will gather to enjoy the Ironman competition on 7th December 2014, with practices, check in, and other related events scheduled earlier in the week for competitors. Full details have yet to be released but in years prior, participants were able to begin checking in and start practicing the swimming portion of the triathlon. A welcome party took place on the Friday, at Barnard Park. Tickets for the welcome party were priced at $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 - 15.
The actual race usually starts at approximately 5:30 a.m. on the Sunday morning, with the course closed at 10:45 p.m. on the Sunday night. Results were posted on the Monday and an award ceremony took place on the Monday evening at Barnard Park. Admission costs for the 2012 ceremony were $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 5 - 15.
Participating in the Event
It is important to register early if you want to participate in an upcoming year's event. Even if you are not taking part in the race, there are still plenty of ways to get involved in the event. Volunteers are always welcome and may be asked to help with event registration, aid in the water stations, help racers cross the finish line, or perform a variety of other tasks. If you're interested in volunteering, you can register as a volunteer online before the event begins.
Children also have the opportunity to participate in the events of the Ironman, too. Last year on the Saturday children ages 7 - 13 were invited to take part in a short triathlon at Busselton Foreshore. The aim of this mini race is to help kids stay active while having fun. Registration for the IronKids triathlon can be found on the official website nearer the time of the event, expected to be in October. Children can also register on the event day if there are still spots open. The IronKids triathlon is non-competitive, so no awards will be handed out. However, the first 250 registered participants will receive a participation gift bag.
The Busselton area has plenty of additional sights to see and things to do for visitors to enjoy. Luxurious Busselton holiday rentals are spread throughout the area, featuring spacious and comfortable holiday rentals along with other incredible lodging options. Stunning beaches allow visitors to surf, swim, dive, and take pleasure in the gorgeous Australian scenery that spans to meet the clear turquoise waters. Additional water activities attract many including fishing, water skiing, snorkelling, sailing, or windsurfing.
Several popular Australian tourist destinations make Busselton their home, including the renowned Busselton Jetty, an impressive jetty that reaches nearly 2 kilometres out to sea, making it an excellent vacation destination, as well as the perfect place to host the Ironman Western Australia Triathlon.
More information can be found at ironman.com.