The iconic Coolangatta Gold returns to the Gold Coast this weekend with the event growing into a true weekend festival to kick off the summer of surf sports.
In a Coolangatta Gold first, the race will double as round one of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series, as Australia’s elite athletes battle it out for the prize money and vital Series points on offer.
Known as the most gruelling ironman and ironwoman race in the world, the Coolangatta Gold this year has attracted athletes from around the globe including Denmark, United Kingdom, USA and New Zealand.
More than 1200 competitors, across the individual and team events and the new Beach Warrior event, will line up across the two-days, in an event that will stretch the length of the Gold Coast from Coolangatta to Broadbeach.
This year Coolangatta and Kirra beaches will also play host to the new Beach Warrior event, the world’s most exciting beach obstacle race which is open to members of the public.
Beach Warrior will be the most unique and beautiful obstacle racecourse Australia has ever seen, allowing participants to race, run or walk…it’s all about having a go.
Surf Life Saving Australia CEO Adam Weir officially launched the Coolangatta Gold festival on the Gold Coast today.
“The Coolangatta Gold officially kicks off our jam-packed summer of surf sports and this year we are thrilled to have it double as round one of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.
“In the last 12 years the profile of the event has grown and it has become a bucket list race for not only our elite athletes, but also the everyday participants wanting to give it a go.”
“An event of this size would not be possible without the tremendous support of our event partners in Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast,” he said.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Coolangatta Gold had grown to become an iconic event on the surf lifesaving calendar.
“The Coolangatta Gold attracts the best surf lifesaving athletes from around the world, with thousands of visitors descending on the Gold Coast every year to compete in this gruelling course,” she said.
“Last year we saw participant numbers double from 2017, generating more than $2.85 million for the Gold Coast economy and supporting local jobs, demonstrating the value of great major sporting events.
“The world-famous Gold Coast beaches provide the perfect backdrop to host this event and I encourage spectators to make the most of the region’s diverse tourism offerings during their stay,” said Jones.
Gold Coast City Council Mayor Tom Tate said: “The Coolangatta Gold is quintessential Gold Coast. It started here and is truly an iconic event on the southern Gold Coast beaches.
“Ever since the iconic movie was shot in 1984 this race has been an integral component of the image of our city, both nationally and internationally.
“I encourage everyone to gather on the southern Gold Coast to cheer from the sand and headlands as you watch these truly remarkable athletes do their thing,” said Tate.
The Coolangatta Gold festival will kick off this weekend, the first race starts at 7:30am on Saturday 12 October.
Coolangatta Gold Festival
Saturday 12 October 2019
7:30am (AEST) – Coolangatta Gold Short Course starts
1:30pm (AEST) – Beach Warrior starts
Sunday 13 October 2019
7:30am (AEST) – Coolangatta Gold Long Course (including round 1 of Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series) starts
9:00am (AEST) – Coolangatta Gold Youth Challenge starts