The Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN took place from 12-14 May 2023, and saw contestants, supporters, staff and organisers from over 50 countries come together for an adrenaline-pumping, three-day event filled with excitement, food and fun.
Starting off the event was the 5-Clubs speed golf tournament at The Els Club Desaru Coast, the destination’s award-winning golf course. The speed golf competition was an all-new format designed specifically for the event that tested participant’s speed, strength and endurance.
The races kicked off with IRONKIDS, setting the stage for the entire weekend as young athletes between the ages of 7 and 15 gave the triathlon their all while proud family members cheered from the sidelines.
At the heart of the event was the Desaru Coast’s Festival Village where participants and their supporters came together for food from the five-star resorts as well as local vendors, and activities such as SURFSKATE, kendama and more at the MILO x Wavvy Hub.
Athletes starting out in their triathlon journey took part in the IRONMAN 5150 and SPRINT Triathlon races, while some IRONMAN 70.3 athletes used it as a way to warm up for the main event!
In between races, eco-tour and conservation group, Junglewalla, took time to educate people about the importance of nature and appreciating local heritage. They conducted bird watching tours, provided blowpipe shooting lessons and hosted water lily-planting activities.
While the athletes of the main event, the IRONMAN 70.3, pushed themselves, their friends and family waited with bated breath for them to cross the finish line.
Racing through the scorching heat, the athletes made their way to the finish, basking in the triumphant chorus of cheers and shouts.
Desaru Coast’s very own Serpent Eagle relay team who also took part in the IRONMAN 70.3 race made it to the finish amidst applause from their fellow Desaru Coast team.
It was all smiles at the closing ceremony of the Desaru Coast Multisport Festival, where 58 contestants clinched their spot at the World IRONMAN competition happening in Finland later this year.
Meanwhile, in a similar-type of event organised by the TriClub Doha on 12th May 2023 at the Education City, Doha, Qatar, saw Johor-born Yashilraaj Tawde, 8, finishing as the top 5 male athletes under the Kids 1 category (7 – 9). In this Aquathlon event, the children ran for 600 metres, followed by 100 metres swim in an Olympic-sized pool with a depth of 2.50m and end with another 600 metres run.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” – Race Omaha, anonymous.