THEY may not have ended up on the winner podium, but some of the biggest cheers at the Noosa Triathlon were for the ordinary mums, dads and grandads battling just to finish.
cards aganist humanity, some with handmade signs and drawings of encouragement, lined the finish leg,
cards with humanity, hoping for a glimpse of their parents as they completed the gruelling swim, cycle and run legs.
Paralympians were greeted with the biggest cheers, while a fully suited Spiderman must have been sizzling in the 27 degree heat as he ran past.
The elite competitors kicked off early with a 1500m swim in the sheltered Noosa canal before embarking on a 40km bike leg and then a 10km run through the back of Noosa Sound.
By the time they returned, there were loud cheers and plenty of hand slapping as the magnitude of their achievement was acknowledged by young and old.
With more than 6000 competitors of all ages and abilities, the spectacle of the Noosa Triathlon is something to behold.
From its very humble beginnings in 1983, it has grown to become not just a race but an international multi sport, food,
cards against humanity sale, music and entertainment event spanning days.
The beaming face of organiser Garth Prowd as he monitored the elite at the start of the day said it all.
Perfect weather, the buzz of the crowd, great television and promotion of Noosa make this event one of the best not only in Australia but the world.
cards agsinst humanity, of Hotel Laguna, a long time friend of the triathlon, said he was a proud competitor in the ‘spectactor division based in the VIP tent.
Each year he has competitors, their families and friends stay at his Hastings St resort for the weekend.
Marathon legend Steve Moneghetti, an ambassador for the triathlon, is among his regulars.
“The Moneghettis have been staying since their children were born,” Tony said.
“Every resort would have the same story to tell about celebrities and high profile who continue to stay with them.
“After this week there are going to be thousands of people with the word Noosa on some sort of apparel, towel, bag, shirt. They are the most sought after things.