In 2008, 110 nervous competitors assembled on a start-line at Point Lookout not knowing what lay ahead in an event that promised an “adventure in nature’s playground” . Dubbed the Straddie Salute as a nod to the migrating humpbacks that grace the waters of North Stradbroke Island, the race was born as an offroad tri, and not one to be taken lightly.
30km of surf, sand, gravel and dirt later and the inaugural champions were crowned with Brisbane’s Dave Brown and Jacqui Kelly taking line honours.
Fast forward 10 years and the Straddie Salute has evolved into a multisport festival that caters for more than just those with the pioneering spirit.
With the Straddie Pure road tri introduced in 2012, an ocean swim and a fun run thrown into the mix the Straddie Salute has become a weekend away for mates, couples, groups and families. 2017 sees further expansion with the introduction of StraddieKidz, a duathlon for 7 to 12 year olds. 2017 will also feature a “Champions of Champions” field with past champions being invited back to battle it out in the event’s historic 10th birthday celebrations.
North Stradbroke Island is set to rock again in 2017 when the Straddie Salute takes place on Saturday May 20. Choose your adventure below and be part of the celebrations..
|Friday May 19|
|5.30am – 8pm||Take the day off work! Ferries leave every hour||@ Middle St, Cleveland|
|6pm – 7.30pm||Champions Q & A and Pre-Race Briefing (@Beach Hotel)||@ Straddie Beach Hotel|
|Saturday May 20
|5.30, 6, 7, 8am||Vehicle Ferries Depart Cleveland||@ Middle St, Cleveland|
|7.00am||Competitor Registration Opens||@ Point Lookout Oval|
|8.00am||Straddie Stride Fun Run Starts||@ Point Lookout Oval|
|9:30am||Official Welcome & Triathlon Safety Briefing||@ Point Lookout Oval|
|9:45am||StraddieKidz Duathlon||@ Point Lookout Oval|
|10:30am||Straddie Pure Triathlon starts||@ Home Beach|
|10:40am||Straddie Salute Triathlon starts||@ Home Beach|
|1:30pm (TBC)||StraddieKidz Prizegiving||@ Point Lookout Oval|
|3:00pm||Presentations & After Party||@ Straddie Beach Hotel|
|Sunday May 21
|7.00am – 8.00am||Beach Yoga – Group Session (FREE)||@ Cylinder Beach|
|8:00-9:00am||Straddie 1000 Registration||@ Straddie Beach Hotel|
|9:30am||Straddie 1000 Ocean Swim||@ Cylinder Beach|
|10:00am||Beach Presentation||@ Cylinder Beach|
|12.00pm – 2.00pm||Farewell Salute Lunch (then grab an afternoon ferry home!)||@ Straddie Beach Hotel|