Carnival to headline event
Triathlon: This year's Colorbond Airlie Beach Triathlon has grown well beyond the standard swim, bike and run.
The weekend festival will feature a headline Community Carnival on Friday September 1, from 5-8pm complete with fireworks, jumping castles, face painting, food trucks and live music at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.
Entrance is free but gold coin donations can be made to the North Queensland Ronald McDonald House.
Racing commences on Saturday, September 2 with a new "icon homes Ocean Swim” kicking off from 8.30am at Airlie Beach Lagoon Beach with events for juniors (350m), novices (750m) and the experienced swimmers (2km).
Competitors can register for the swim for just $25 including electronic timing, a silicone swim cap and a custom set of swim paddles for all competitors.
As a bonus for those choosing to do the triathlon, entry for the icon homes Ocean Swim will be reduced to $10.
There is an anything goes category in the junior and 750m events that allows competitors to wear and use aids such as fins, wetsuits, snorkels and floaties.
The Ergon Energy Kidzpower Junior Triathlon will be held at 2.30pm Saturday afternoon and the kids will battle for the McDonald's School Championship and their share of $1000 worth of sporting equipment for their school.
Every participant gets a race shirt and finishers medal.
The action will continue on Saturday evening with the TRUCORE Abs of Steel competition and the Whitsunday Times Seaside Cinema screening Moana.
Abs of Steel will be a free, elimination style challenge hosted by Corey Whibley.
The Airlie Beach Triathlon includes a sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run), enticer distance (350m swim, 10km cycle, 2.5km run) and relay team option.