Byron Bay Triathlon

WEEKEND OF 11/12 MAY 2024

The Byron Bay Triathlon is a fun and challenging race that sees triathletes travel far and wide to compete. Spending a long weekend in beautiful Byron Bay is undoubtedly all part of the attraction!

The Byron Bay Triathlon is a not-for-profit event hosted by the Byron Tri Club and Byron Bay Cycle Club alongside NX Sports. It attracts more than 1,500 competitors every year, and rumour has it that it’s one of the most popular triathlons on the east coast. 

The Olympic distance course includes a 1.5-kilometre ocean swim in the clear blue waters of the bay and a 40-kilometre bike ride through lush hinterland before finishing off with a sprint along the stunning Byron Bay foreshore. There is also a kids’ triathlon, as well as an aquathlon, and aqua bike events. 

The first Byron Bay Triathlon took place back in 1996. Since then, it’s become a fixture in the Mother’s Day weekend calendar, marking the end of the competition season for Queensland and New South Wales triathletes. It’s also considered a big celebration weekend for everyone involved throughout the season. 

This year’s event will include the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run and a one-kilometre ocean swim. So, even if you’re not competing in the main event, you can still enjoy being part of the experience.

The Byron Bay Triathlon is more than just a fun event for athletes. Every year, local community groups volunteer to help manage the event. In return, they receive a small community grant valued at up to $1,100. Previous groups involved include the Byron Bay ScoutsBangalow Men’s ShedByron Bay AFL ClubRainbow Region Dragon Boat Club and Byron Youth Service

On top of the fundraising element of the Byron Bay Triathlon, the event also creates jobs for locals and offers valuable experience to youth workers. Typical roles include labouring, building crew, course marshals, gift packers, registration staff, and run-leg managers. 

Events such as this play a significant role in our town’s economy, with last year’s event attracting more than 1,500 participants. Data analysis reports that direct visitor expenditure reached $3.23 million with an average spend of $291. On top of that, 13.2% of participants had never visited Byron Bay before, while 74.9% said they’ll return for a holiday within the next 18 months.

Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete who enters every year, or you’re looking to do something different for a challenge, the Byron Bay Triathlon appeals to all ages and fitness levels. 

So, why not sign up and experience the camaraderie that makes tri so much fun. You’ll get to push yourself to your physical limits while enjoying the natural beauty of Byron Bay and you’ll be supporting the local community.

Visit byrontri.org to find out more.

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