Swim 10km, ride 420km and then run 84.4km - this is Ultraman
PREPARE for a whole new kind of crazy.
Three days of triathlon racing, starting with a 10km ocean swim and a 145km ride on day one. Follow that with another 275km bike leg on day two, and polish it off with an 84km double marathon on the final day.
Welcome to Ultraman Australia, and the event where athletes use Ironman as a training session is coming to Noosa in 2015.
The Sunshine Coast has a rare opportunity to become part of a world series in Ultraman racing. There are currently three Ultraman events held around the world, including Canada, Florida and the world championships in Hawaii.
With the Australian leg now confirmed, Noosa and the Coast could become a permanent event on the Ultraman calendar.
Race director Tony Horton is working closely with police, council and other authorities to bring the event to fruition.
He said the support has been positive and growing locally with many asking the question "is this real" and "do people actually do this".
The answer: absolutely. When the Facebook post went up on April 1 (purely a coincidence) it reached more than 15,000 people.
Tony has been inundated with prospective competitors who want a spot in the 40-person field. There are about 70 already queuing, around 30% are women.
"It's a crazy thing and there is a lot of interest," he said.
"You have a different breed of culture. That is what makes this special."