Straddie Salute Triathlon set to draw huge crowds

TRI: Annelise Jefferies runs the Straddie Salute Triathlon.
TRI: Annelise Jefferies runs the Straddie Salute Triathlon.

SPECTATORS and athletes are expected to flock to North Stradbroke Island next month for the Straddie Salute Triathlon. 

The event, which was first held in 2008, has attracted crowds of more than 1500 people in the past and will include on- and off-road triathlons, a fun run, children's duathlon and a program of other island activities. 

These include golf, beach yoga, sandboarding and barefoot bowls.

For the first time, the event will also feature an outdoor breakfast with native Minjerribah bush food courtesy of Quandamooka Coast.

Event director Steve Guise said the event was created to celebrate everything that was special about Straddie.

"From the crystal clear waters to the spectacular coastal walkways, the amazing wildlife and the proud Quandamooka culture, the event embraces it all," Mr Guise said.

"We work closely with the local community and our event partners to create a unique experience.

"The didgeridoo players on the run course (are) often mentioned as a highlight."

Mr Guise said the event was helping the island transition from a mining economy to one centred on tourism. 

The Straddie Salute logo was a nod to migrating humpbacks that passed through the waters off the island from May to November, he said. 

Special guests will also travel to Straddie for the event including ex-NRL and rugby player Mat Rogers, Bondi Rescue's Andrew Reid and Ash, Kip and Luttsy from Nova, as well as Olympian Susie O'Neill, who won the off-road race in 2015.

The 2019 Straddie Salute will take place at Point Lookout on Saturday, May 18.