The first Ironman to be hosted in Western Australia promises to be bigger than anticipated, Tourism Minister Bob Kucera said today.
“Event organisers have advised that 876 competitors had registered for the Ironman Western Australia Triathlon, to be held on November 28 at Busselton,” Mr Kucera said.
“This is just fantastic news for the sport, the competition and for the State.
“More than 650 Australians and 218 international competitors from 30 countries have registered, with a strong local contingent of 196 athletes.
“Western Australians will have the opportunity to see ironmen from countries such as Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Germany, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland.”
The 2004 competition allows competitors to qualify for one of 25 qualifying spots in the 2005 Hawaii Ironman world championships to be held in October.
The Ironman consists of a 3.8km swim, followed by a 180km bike course and a 42.2km run to finish.
“We anticipate the Ironman Western Australia Triathlon will generate more than $3million in direct spending over the three years it is held in WA, which is a great return on our $300,000 per year investment,” Mr Kucera said.
“This event has enormous significance for the local community and will showcase the region to a worldwide audience.”
The event will be run by International Management Group (IMG).
“Events like the Gravity Games, the Ironman event and Telstra Rally Australia are enormous drawcards which focus international attention on WA and the tourism opportunities we offer,” the Minister said.
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