Record field for Coolangatta Gold
A RECORD 528 competitors from around the world will line up for the ninth Coolangatta Gold, Australia's premier endurance ironman race, on October 18.
Competitors from every state, as well as New Zealand, South Africa, France, Wales and Japan, will make up the field to contest the epic race, which goes from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta and back.
The iconic ironman torture course, first contested in 1984, covers a 46.65km course for the men this year.
Northcliffe's Caine Eckstein will be chasing a slice of history, trying to become the first man to win three crowns.
Eckstein (2005 and 2008 winner) and the original Coolangatta Gold identity, Guy Leech (1984 and 1985), have both won twice, with Eckstein a favourite to etch his name into history this year.
Three-time winner Hayley Bateup (2005, 2006 and 2008) and Alicia Marriott (2007) will spearhead the women's field of 40 entrants, who will cover a 30km course from Surfers Paradise to Currumbin and back.