Ironman Australia Secures its Future in Port Macquarie for at Least Five More

Ironman Australia will continue to be held in Port Macquarie, with the support of local authorities ensuring its future for a minimum of five more years.

Ironman Australia Secures its Future in Port Macquarie for at Least Five More
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Why it matters: Ironman Australia will remain in Port Macquarie, securing the event's future for at least five more years.

Setting the pace: Last year, Ironman Australia celebrated its 35th anniversary and has been held in Port Macquarie since 2006. The event is supported by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Destination New South Wales.

What they're saying:

  • Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Oceania for The Ironman Group: "Ironman Australia is the longest-running Ironman event in the country, and we're thrilled that the event will continue to be held in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region for the foreseeable future."
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Councillor Nik Lipovac: "We're all buoyed by this news, particularly as we usher in a new era of competition with this year's course refresh."

By the numbers:

  • 35 years: Ironman Australia's history
  • 5 years: Minimum commitment for the event to remain in Port Macquarie
  • 36th anniversary: This year's event marks the 36th anniversary of Ironman Australia

Between transition: The event has grown from its humble beginnings in Forster  in 1985 to a must-do race for athletes worldwide.

Through time: The local community has continuously shown its support for Ironman Australia, with volunteers, local businesses, and supporters making it a bucket-list race for athletes.

The bottom line: The continuation of Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie not only provides a world-class event for athletes but also positively impacts the local economy, benefiting the region and its community.