Following the 2017 SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton in May, Triathlon WA has been working hard with our event stakeholders and experts reviewing all aspects of the event. With athlete safety always as our primary focus, this review has included a comprehensive review of our swim course following the sighting of a shark at last year’s event.
To this end, the swim course for 2018 has been changed so that swimmers stay within 300m of shore. This new course will mean that there will be less exposure to weather conditions, allow greater coverage by water safety and great viewing options for spectators.
The new course will commence with wave starts in front of The Goose, as in previous years. Athletes will then head away from shore for 300m before making a right hand turn and travelling east for 800m. Athletes will then make another right hand turn, swimming 100m towards shore before turning right again and swimming 550m west. You will then turn left and swim 150m into the swim exit in front of Barnard Park, as in previous years.
There will be plenty of buoys on course to make sighting easy and the new, more protected route should lead to plenty of PBs.
IRONMAN Western Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia, to be held in December 2018, will have similar changes to the swim leg. There will be a common starting point in front of “The Goose” on the right hand side of the Busselton Jetty, with the IRONMAN Western Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia swim courses turning left under the jetty 300m from shore.
Triathlon WA would like to acknowledge the assistance of TriEvents, IRONMAN Oceania, Surf Life Saving WA, , and the City of Busselton for their assistance in helping us develop the best and safest swim course for the event.