Only forty-eight days remain until 1,600 of the fittest professional and age group
athletes on the planet test themselves at the grueling SunSmart
Ironman Western Australia triathlon. The event is held in picturesque
Busselton, Western Australia on Sunday December 4, 2011 and requires
competitors to complete a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run all
within a seventeen-hour time limit.
SunSmart Ironman Western Australia is a signature event in the Western
Australia major events calendar. 2011 is the eighth edition of the
race, which continues to grow in stature year-upon-year and follows a
hugely successful event in 2010.
â€œSunSmart Ironman Western Australia 2010 was an enormous success and
we look forward to building upon that success again in 2011,â€ said
Shane Smith, Ironman Australia’s General Manager.
â€œLast year we made some radical changes to the event including moving
the finish line into Queen Street which made for one of the most
remarkable finish line atmospheres at any Ironman race in the world.
â€œWe look forward to once again sharing this event with the local
community and providing Ironman athletes from far and wide with an
incredible race experience and an extraordinary stay in Busselton.â€
The 2011 event has attracted athletes from across the globe. More than
1,300 athletes participating in the 2011 event reside outside of
Western Australia and the event has a truly international flavour.
Athletes from Argentina, Austria, Belgium Brazil, Denmark and Finland
all the way through to Spain, Switzerland and the USA will toe the
start line on December 4. In total, no less than thirty-seven
countries will be represented on race day.
The professional field is filled with multiple Ironman champions and
the depth of talent will ensure incredible racing at the front of the
pack. The 2011 professional field includes defending champions
Courtney Ogden (WA) and Kate Bevilaqua (WA), 2010 SunSmart Ironman
Western Australia Runner-Up, Matty White (SA, two-time Ironman Western
Australia champion Jason Shortis (VIC), former World Duathlon Champion
Leon Griffin (VIC), 2008 Ironman Wisconson Champion, Hilary Biscay
(USA), dual Ironman Wisconsin and 2009 Ironman Lake Placid Champion,
Maik Twelsiek (GER) and five-time Ironman champion, Luke McKenzie (AUS).
The State Government supports SunSmart Ironman Western Australia
through Eventscorp. Executive Director of Eventscorp David van Ooran
said it was great to see the event growing bigger and better each year.
â€œIt will be great to have some of the world’s top endurance athletes
from around the world in Busselton for SunSmart Ironman Western
Australia,â€ he said.
â€œThe event not only adds vibrancy to the region, but it also showcases
the extraordinary landscapes of Busselton and the South West to a
worldwide television audience in 200 countries.â€
SunSmart Ironman Western Australia 2011 is proudly sponsored by
Healthway and is a SunSmart and SmokeFree event. Event organisors,
World Triathlon Corporation, are committed to leading the way in
providing a healthy environment for everyone involved in the
production of SunSmart Ironman Western Australia 2011. A series of
measures are implemented throughout the conduct of the event to create
a SunSmart and SmokeFree environment for participants and spectators
SunSmart Ironman Western Australia 2011 is one of nearly 30 Ironman
events worldwide. Athletes will compete for a professional prize purse
of $25,000 USD and 40 age group qualifying slots to the 2012 Ironman
World Championship. More information is available at www.ironmanwesternaustralia.com