Ironman And 70.3 Cairns Set For Sunday

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Jun 4, 2014
  • Updated Jun 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM UTC
Liz Blatchford won last year's Ironman Cairns on her way to a Kona podium finish in October. Photo: Susan Lacke

Aussie-based pros dominate the start list for the 2014 Ironman Cairns and Ironman 70.3 Cairns, which will take place this Sunday, June 8, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns

The full-distance Ironman Cairns is set in an iconic tropical location—at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The two-lap, 2.4-mile swim starts at Palm Cove, Cairns’ most prominent beach and offers a picture-perfect balmy swim in view of a long sandy beach and rainforest-covered mountains. The 112-mile bike is one of the most stunning on the Ironman circuit and traverses the Captain Cook Highway, which hugs the coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas. The bike course is scenic, undulating and winding. The 26.2-mile, three-lap run takes place along the Cairns boardwalk and through the popular Cairns Esplanade. The course has had some changes since last year—the swim is now farther north in Palm Cove than previous years, the bike course now finishes back in the city, and the run course sticks to within the confines of Cairns.

Pro race:
In the men’s race, 10-time Ironman New Zealand champion and veteran pro triathlete Cameron Brown tops the start list. Brown, 41, is still racing strong with a 2:47 marathon in his runner-up Ironman New Zealand finish in March. His toughest competition will come from Aussie Tim Van Berkel, last year’s Ironman Cairn’s runner-up, who has been involved with Cairns since it was launched as Challenge Cairns in 2010. Other top athletes racing include veteran pro and three-time ITU world champion Peter “Robbo” Robertson (AUS), frequent Ironman podium finisher Jason Shortis (AUS) and 2012 Ironman Western Australia champ Jimmy Johnsen (DEN).

In the women’s race, Queensland, Australia-based Brit Liz Blatchford will return to defend her title—she won her Ironman debut at Cairns before an impressive season, which included a third-place finish at the Ironman World Championship. After earning plenty of points with her top 2013 Kona finish, she only needs to validate in Cairns to secure her spot on the Ironman Hawaii start line, but she still wants to have a good race. “All I really need to do is complete,” Blatchford said to Ironman. “Having said that, I am focusing on it with the aim to do the best I can. I’d love to go back and defend the title I won last year, so there will be no holding back.” Other top athletes include two-time Ironman champ Asa Lundstrom of Sweden, 2013 Ironman Australia champ Rebecca Hoschke and Japan’s Keiko Tanaka.

Pro Men
Cameron Brown (NZL)
Tim Van Berkel (AUS)
Peter Robertson (AUS)
Jimmy Johnsen (DEN)
Jason Shortis (AUS)
Casey Munro (AUS)
Matt Burton (AUS)
Jarmo Hast (FIN)
Todd Israel (AUS)
Courtney Ogden (AUS)
Luke Martin (AUS)
Brodie Madgwick (NZL)
Carl Read (NZL)

Pro Women
Liz Blatchford (GBR)
Åsa Lundström (SWE)
Rebecca Hoschke (AUS)
Keiko Tanaka (JPN)
Katy Duffield (AUS)
Hillary Biscay (USA)
Melanie Burke (NZL)
Hannah Lawrence (NZL)
Larisa Marsh (NZL)
Wendy McAlpine (AUS)

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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