Courtney Atkinson looks for four straight Noosa triathlon titles

Fri, 28/10/2011


Subaru ambassador, Courtney Atkinson, is out to put himself into the record books this weekend by becoming the first man to win four straight Noosa Triathlon titles.

The event has a formidably reputation as Australia’s toughest triathlon and, in its 29th year, has developed a massive following of both elite and amateur athletes. Over 11,000 people will take part across the three-day Festival on the Sunshine Coast with 100,000 spectators expected to attend.

Atkinson, 32, has won the last three Noosa Triathlon titles, and would dearly like to make it four straight.

“Noosa is why I got into triathlon,” Atkinson said at the main media conference in the lead-up to Sunday’s race.

“To be at an event with over 10,000 participants gives it real meaning.

“It’s a great sport – it’s a mass participation sport - and that’s why Noosa is so important to me as we get to give something back to all the amateurs that are racing.

“I’m definitely aware of the history that I can create (by winning four titles), but I know that one day it will come to an end.

“But I’ve got a good feel for this course. I know what works for me to win, so I hope that I can do it again.

“It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for me this year. But I’ve had a four-week preparation for this race and I’m feeling good.

The Noosa Triathlon is an early start for the elite competitors on Sunday morning, with the starters gun set to send the field on its way at 6.30am.

The race, supported by Subaru, gets underway with a 1500 metre swim in the sheltered waters of the Noosa canal.

A 40 kilometre bike ride follows on an undulating out and back course on the Noosa - Cooroy Road.

The event ends with a 10 kilometres run on a flat one lap out and back course through Noosa Sound.

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