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Year of first Tri race?

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  1. This year marks 30 years of Ironman in Australia, starting with a very small field in Forster. It was 1985 and the only thing I knew of triathlon was Wide World of Sport on channel 9. I remember trying to put off my chores around the house after 1pm on a Saturday to watch WWOS, much to the disgust of my missus. The only thing I remember of Ironman and Triathlon was Hawaii. I started doing Tri’s in 1989 but did not attempt training/competing in IM until 1997. A few people on here have competed earlier including IMs. In fact, a few competed in the very early days. I thought it might be good to hear a bit of history from over the past 30 years from Trannies that have been around. I don’t care if you started 1 year ago or 30 - it all makes up the history of IMOZ over the past 30 years. Anyway, so here is mine. I have been involved in IMOZ from around 1993 to 2014, either as a spectator, competitor or volunteer. I love the days leading up to, including and after the race. I like what it brings out in people. I have had good racing days (no issues and got home in reasonable time) to very bad days (4 flat tyres, busted front wheel, blown knee and cycled 1 legged for 100 kms). I have missed 2 paid races due to being hit by a car. I have not raced at Port, only Forster – the traditional home of IMOZ. I love volunteering and getting everyone home, especially Trannies and friends. It means the world to me. I have linked 2 races, the original from 1985 and the other from 2014. I was not there for the 1st but some on here were. Tony Unicomb face pops up at the end. From meagre beginnings as an amateur fun feel event, leading up to the professional international race as it is now. Take the time and watch the whole 1985 race. The swim, T1 and T2 were different from the beginning but the finish line was the same. Carbo night was very similar (except for the beers taken the night before). The finish chute in Forster was the best the world had to offer. The 2nd link is from 2014. Moving into professional footage, great production, fantastic location, super fit athletes and atmosphere. The thing that has not changes is the Aussie supporters. I was speaking with Ken Baggs and he said that his job was basically to get everyone home. . It is everyone’s role to getting everyone home, no matter who the athlete is.Our job as spectators and volunteers is to honour that promise So after watching both clips (and please take time to look at the total clip from 1985 to see where IMOZ came from), I would love you to put down your memories and experiences from the last 30 years. This can be from a while ago or recent, it can be as a competitor, volunteer or spectator – it all makes up the history. Whilst I have added a little of me above, I also had a recent experience. Down at Husky in Feb, someone recognised me as I had my Trannie Flanman hat on. He thanked me for looking after him after he crossed the finish line – twice at 2 different years in Port. I did not know him but looked after him and took the time to get him to medical and/or recovery. I am glad I added just something to his IMOZ experience that will be etched in his memory for life. OK all, so over to you to add YOUR stories that have made IMOZ 30 year old and what it is today. 1985 => 2014 => Mick
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