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Triathlon event details

Triathlon event details

The Triathlon is set to make history in more ways than one at GC2018, featuring three adrenaline-fuelled events - individual, para and mixed team relay - run on a sprint course for the first time in Games' history.

The women's triathlon will also be the first medal event at the Games, which will start and finish at the picturesque Southport Broadwater Parklands.


When are the triathlon races?

The Triathlon races will be held on Thursday 5 April and Saturday 7 April.

The Individual Triathlon will be held on 5 April with the Para Triathlon and Mixed Team Relay to be held on 7 April.

Thursday 5 April is the first day of sports competition at GC2018, with the women’s Triathlon having the honour of being the first medal event at the Games.The start, finish and transitions for the Triathlon will be located at the northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

What is the course?

A sprint course for the Triathlon will be used for the first time at a Commonwealth Games.

The course will feature a 750m swim leg, 20km bike leg and a 5km run leg:

  • The 750m swim leg will commence from a start pontoon on the Broadwater with an anticlockwise course bringing the athletes into the transition area
  • The 20km bike leg will consist of a four-lap technical course which stretches from Southport North to Biggera Waters and back
  • The 5km run leg will consist of two 2.5km laps of a flat and fast course between Southport and Labrador.

Click here to view a video of the GC2018 Triathlon Course.

Download Triathlon Course map (PDF 144KB)

What is the course for the Para Triathlon?

The Para Triathlon course will be similar to the Individual Triathlon except will feature a five-lap bike leg instead of four. 

What is the format for the Mixed Team Relay?

The Mixed Team Relay will feature teams of four racing in the order of female, male, female, male. 

Each team member will complete a 250m swim, 7km bike and 1.5km run course and then tag their next team member into the race.

Why is the Triathlon using a sprint format?

A sprint course for the Triathlon will be used for the first time at a Commonwealth Games. The course will feature a 750m swim leg, 20km bike leg and a 5km run leg. This sprint distance replaces the Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run) which has been used at previous Commonwealth Games.

A sprint course will create a unique GC2018 experience for both athletes and audiences. It will ensure fast, close and exciting racing in the Individual and Para Triathlon races.

How can spectators watch the Triathlon?

Tickets to view the Triathlon at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue are currently exhausted, however there are free vantage points accessible to the public along the exciting bike and run legs.

A guide for the Triathlon will be available in the lead up to the Games, and information will be available on the official GC2018 App as well as the GC2018 website.

Where is the best place to watch the Triathlon?

The parkland which lines the Broadwater in Labrador and Biggera Waters will provide great vantage points for the bike and run legs of the Triathlon.

How can spectators get to the Triathlon course?

Walking or cycling will be the best way for spectators to find a viewing position along the Triathlon course or to get to the ticketed venue at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Will the course be fenced?

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, spectators and residents. Temporary barriers and fencing will be required to secure sections of the course.

The ticketed venue at the Southport Broadwater Parklands will be fenced with access via official venue entry gates.

Will transport and traffic be different?

To ensure the safety and security of athletes, officials, spectators and residents, there will be changes to the road network in the lead up to, during and after the Triathlon events. 

GOLDOC is working closely with the City of Gold Coast, Queensland Police Service and the Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure this world class event can be carried out safely while minimising the inconvenience to local residents and businesses.

Detailed information will be provided well in advance of the event to ensure local residents and businesses are aware of changes to road operations.

Can I access roads on the course?

In some locations, we will need to limit access to certain roads close to the course.

When will road closure information be available?

Information on which roads will be closed and the duration of the closure will be available in early 2018.

Signage will be erected along the course well in advance of the event with no parking advisory signs and road closure information.

What if my vehicle is parked on the actual course?

No vehicles will be allowed to park along the course. Advisory signage will be erected along the course well in advance of the event advising the ‘no parking’ timeframe.

If your vehicle is parked on the course, QPS will attempt to identify and contact you to advise that it needs to be moved. If you can’t be contacted, for competition and security purposes, the vehicle will be removed.

Will my local bus stop move?

Public transport is a big part of GC2018 planning. There will be changes to some local bus routes and stops. This information will be provided to commuters, local businesses and residents well in advance of GC2018.

What if there is a medical or other emergency?

GOLDOC is working closely with the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to ensure that emergency services have access to all areas.

Where can I find more information?

​A comprehensive public awareness program called Get Set for the Games is aimed at ensuring all Gold Coast residents, businesses and visitors are ready to embrace the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hosting a Commonwealth Games.

The Get Set team is supporting the local community to make necessary arrangements and plan ahead to work around temporary changes in the lead up to and during the event.

As new information is released, the website will be updated with the latest information and the Get Set team will provide information to residents and businesses via a range of communication and engagement activities.

For information, contact the team on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or email

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