IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Opening Day

The Ironman 70.3 World Championships will take place in a few days time here in Mooloolaba, Australia on the Sunshine Coast. But today in classic Ironman tradition the opening event was the Parade of Nations. Eighty-three countries marched in the parade that was led by seasoned bagpipe musicians.

I was asked to lead the parade along with Ironman CEO Andrew Messick and Jason O'Pray from the Sunshine Coast Council.

In true Aussie fashion the parade ended on the super squeaky light brown sands of Mooloolaba Beach. Eighty-three nations filled in a huge chunk of beach in front of a wind whipped ocean.

Australia was where I started my season for many years. 2016 at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships is going to be where many of the over 3,000 competitors are going to complete theirs.

The day ended with the Welcome Banquet under what had to be one of the world's largest tents! We were treated to didjeridu music and dance from the original people of Australia with a highlight the Dance of the Sea Eagle. We heard from a lot of greats who work behind the scenes to bring together the greatest sporting events in the world, including Diana Bertsch who helped craft the theme for this year's 70.3 World Championships: Where the World Will Shine. And that they will do on Sunday!

See you out there on race day!

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