When the 2015 IRONMAN Australia kicks off on May 3rd in Port Macquarie, it will mark 30 years since the event began.
First held in 1985, the Australian Ironman is one of the longest running on the circuit. To mark its anniversary, several past champions will line up at the start of the course in New South Wales, including Australians Paul Ambrose (2012), Luke Bell (2013), Michelle Gailey (2012) and Pete Jacobs (2011), who raced his first triathlon as an age grouper at Ironman Australia:
“My roots are deep in Ironman Australia, and I’m very happy and humbled to be part of the 30th year, not just as a competitor, but also as a small part of its history.”
The race also has a special place in Luke Bell’s heart, and his IRONMAN journey will come a full circle on 3rd May. IRONMAN Australia is where he made his debut in 2002 as a 24-year-old, and its where he celebrated his first win in 2013:
“To win the event in your home country where my own Ironman journey started is something that is extremely hard to put into words”
“Port Macquarie is one of my favourite courses to race, it is tough, honest and the atmosphere is amazing.”
IRONMAN Australia is an iconic race that competitors come back to year after year. First, the swim follows the Hastings River, followed by a scenic bike along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and a run through the heart of picturesque Port Macquarie. To celebrate 30 years since its first race, IRONMAN have offered ten additional loyalty spots to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.