Coolangatta Gold 2015
Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 October 2015
The Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold is one of the most challenging endurance races in surf sports. What began as the central theme for a movie made 30 years ago now holds a place on Australia’s calendar of prestigious sporting events. This iconic event is returning to the Gold Coast over the weekend of October 10 and 11, between Coolangatta Beach and Broadbeach. Anyone can compete and there are two courses available: a 33.6 km Short Course and a 41.8 km Long Course race, both combining swimming, running, board paddling and surf skiing. You can take on the race as an individual or a team – either way you’ll be challenging yourself! There’s also a Youth Challenge for 10 to 14 year olds, giving the next generation of surf champions the chance to compete in Australia’s most iconic surf sports race.
Where: Gold Coast between Coolangatta Beach and Broadbeach
When: Short Course, October 10, 2015, from 7.30am
Long Course, October 11, 2015, from 7.30am
Athletes are expected to reach the finish line at Coolangatta around 11.30am.
The course was created in 1984, when Peter Schrek was writing a movie featuring ironman legend Grant Kenny. To create drama for the storyline, Schrek came up with the idea of racing from Surfer's Paradise to Coolangatta and back again. For the filming of the race, the producers decided to run The Coolangatta Gold as an actual event, with many well-known ironmen competing. The race was won by 18 year old Guy Leech, who also won the second race in 1985. The Coolangatta Gold remains the ultimate challenge in Surf Life Saving, with some of Australia's best ironmen and ironwomen competing today.
Coolangatta will be a hub of activity while the races are running, with Gold FM live on location, plus a DJ pumping tunes to entertain the crowd. There will also be a mobile photo booth, face-painting for kids, and food and drink stalls. So bring the whole family and make a day of it!