2024 World Triathlon Multisport World Championships: A Global Meet in Townsville's Heart

The 2024 World Triathlon Multisport World Championships in Townsville next August is expected to attract thousands of athletes and generate over $16 million for the local economy.

2024 World Triathlon Multisport World Championships: A Global Meet in Townsville's Heart
Athletes with Townsville Deputy Mayor Mark Molachino and The Ironman Group Oceania Regional Director Leanna Ali at the unveiling of the Townsville 2024 countdown clock.

Why it matters: As Townsville preps for the 2024 World Triathlon Multisport World Championships, local and international triathletes eye a golden opportunity in what promises to be the region's most significant sporting showcase.

Setting the pace: From 14-25 August, this 12-day event will see the local shores and tracks bustling with talent across 19 World Championship races, spotlighting a mix of local heroes and international icons from five athlete levels.

What they're saying:

  • Scott Stewart, Member for Townsville: "This Championship... shows the world that North Queensland is a premier destination for elite triathlon competitions."
  • Mark Molachino, Townsville Deputy Mayor: "We're fostering sporting excellence in our locals, and giving them a chance to compete shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best right on home soil."
  • Leanna Ali, Regional Director of The Ironman Group Oceania: "We're gearing up to offer a unique stage where local and global talent can shine and inspire."

By the numbers:

  • 19 races, a chance for local and international talent to clash.
  • 12 days, showcasing the global triathlon community in Townsville.
  • $16 million anticipated local economic influx, much credited to the international triathlete community.
  • 57,000+ nights booked, highlighting the global appeal and the city's readiness.

Between transition: With the blend of local terrain and world-class facilities, races are divided between Jezzine Barracks for road-based events and Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park for off-road challenges.

Through time: With its origins in 2017 in Canada, the event has been a stage for emerging and established triathletes. After iterations in Denmark and Spain, and challenges posed by the pandemic, 2024 promises a blend of local spirit and international fervor.

The bottom line: With one year until the championships, preparations are underway for Townsville to host the largest event in its history.