Challenge Cairns is the latest event added to the Challenge Family of global Iron distance events.


This world famous Australian destination and its breathtaking scenery were specifically selected to host this event. Once the racing is done, spoil yourself with all that Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef have to offer. This event is sure to prove itself one of the most popular on the Challenge circuit.


Set in one of the world’s most iconic tropical locations, Challenge Cairns will take place on 5th June. It features a course memorable for the 3.8km swim in the warm crystal clear waters off Yorkeys Knob, the 180km bike leg that travels up arguably the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that includes the Cairns boardwalk before finishing in the heart of Cairns city.


Registrations for the Cairns Half filled early and those who missed out are being encouraged to upgrade to the full Challenge distances.


The two Challenge events are the culmination of a week-long Cairns Adventure Festival, which includes the Olympic distance Coral Coast Triathlon and a 1.5km or 3km reef swim at Green Island, over the stunning Great Barrier Reef.



Next event date:

5 June 2011



When endurance athlete Adrian Mok ran a 24-hour ultramarathon in 2005, he was stunned by the experience of night-time running.


"It is just different running at night. It's quieter and you are able to clear your mind to focus on your run. I wanted to bring this experience to all runners; the experience of running at night. We train at night; why don't we race at night?"


His answer was Singapore’s Sundown Marathon, now in its fourth year. Events begin at 6pm (10k), 8pm (half marathon) and 10pm (marathon).


The organisers say there’s a kind of magic that takes place when you run at night. You see lights in the dark; hear your footsteps and your heartbeat; smell the scent of the fresh night breeze, touch the coolness of the air and taste the victory of completing your run.


The race starts and finishes at Changi Exhibition Centre. The full marathon is an out-and-back route along Changi Coast Road, past the international airport and along the coastline, turning at Fort Road.


For those who like a greater challenge, there is a 100km Sundown Ultramarathon on 25th June.


Sleep can wait; beat the sunrise.

Next event dates:

28 May 2011


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