The 12-day World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Townsville next year will include a whopping 19 world championship events with age group, paratriathlon, junior, U23 and elite athletes vying for the world title in duathlon, long-distance triathlon and aqua bike, aquathlon and cross triathlon and duathlon races.
The event host city, Townsville, Australia, in the northern region of Queensland makes for a spectacular race-cation, with the opportunity to check out the Great Barrier Reef and other water activities, along with the World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforest and a myriad of other spectacular tourism opportunities.
For more details about the venues and courses, click on the official championships website.
The event “hub” – registration, awards ceremonies, expo, etc. – will be at Strand Park.
The race will take place in two different venues. The Duathlon, Aquathlon, Long Course Triathlon and Aquathlon will be based at the Jezzine Barracks. That’s about a 15-minute walk from Strand Park. Cross Triathlon and Cross Duathlon will take place at the spectacular Pallarenda Park, which is about a 15-minute drive from Strand Park.
To say that the city is excited to host the event is a monstrous understatement. The finish line for the half of the events requires the city remove a complete traffic island – officials didn’t even bat an eye when it was asked if that might even be a possibility.
Part of the run course for a number of the events will feature a spectacular run along a boardwalk next to the ocean before athletes return to the Jezzine Barracks to either restart the loop or head to the finish line.
As nice as the courses closer to town are, the cross events feature a truly spectacular venue that features some challenging terrain that is certain to provide a memorable race experience. The off road cycling course will provide seasoned cross athletes with enough of a challenge to make the trip down under worthwhile, but still manages to be fast enough to feel worthy of a world-championship course.
You can find more information and all the course maps here.
Here’s how the competition schedule breaks out:
- The first day of competition is set to be Friday 16 August, with Duathlon Sprint races for Age Group and Junior athletes, and Duathlon Standard for Elite and Under 23, all to be held in the Jezzine Barracks precinct.
- Sunday 18 August will feature Duathlon Standard for Age Group athletes, Duathlon Sprint for Para Triathletes and the Mixed Relay Duathlon, again held in and around Jezzine Barracks.
- On Tuesday 20 August the action heads just north to Pallarenda Park, with the Cross Duathlon to be contested across Junior, Para Triathlon, Elite and Under 23, and Age Group categories.
- Two days later the Cross Triathlon will be held in Pallarenda Park, with Junior, Para Triathlete, Elite and Under 23, and Age Group World Championship titles to be decided.
- Racing returns to Jezzine Barracks on Friday 23 August with Aquathlon World Championship racing to be held across Elite and Under 23, Junior, Para Triathlete and Age Group categories.
- The final day of racing at the World Triathlon Multisport World Championships Townsville 2024 is Sunday 25 August, with Age Group athletes in action in the Aquabike category, and Long Distance Triathlon for Elite, Para Triathlete and Age Group athletes.
With a day between each of the competitions, including a couple of events into your schedule at the World Multisport Championships in Townsville is very achievable.
Stay tuned for more on the World Triathlon Multisport World Championships as we move our focus to travel and tourism opportunities around the event over the next few days.