The popularity of Ultramarathons, Triathlons, Ironman 70.3, and full Ironman competitions in Australia and New Zealand is enormous. The two countries have produced some of the finest endurance runners and triathletes in recent years, with Australian men winning the last 6 Ironman World Championships in a row through the likes of Chris McCormack, Craig Alexander and now Pete Jacobs. New Zealand’s Cameron Brown factored in the finish of several Ironman World Championships in the early 2000s. And, of course, Australia’s Greg Welch helped pave the way by becoming the first non-American to win the event back in 1994. The women, too, have produced some fantastic athletes, like 2010 champion Mirinda Carfrae, and Michellie Jones and Kate Major before that. And New Zealand’s Erin Baker was a two-time champion and twice runner-up between 1987 and 1991. On top of the athletes, the countries host some of the toughest endurance races on the planet, such as The North Face 100 through the Blue Mountains National Park and the Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand, both feature races on the Ultra-Trail World Tour.
At Southern Ascent, we include Ultramarathons and Triathlons as a category because of the gear. There is so much gear needed in these sport and a lot of cross-over with the Outdoor Industry. Many of the same brands appear in both, such as apparel, compression gear, shoes, wetsuits, nutritional supplements and more. As well, a number of our gear testers are avid triathletes, and some of our staff are members of the press team at events like the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships now held in Melbourne every year.
So, for endurance gear reviews, trends and profiles, click through the various menus on the Southern Ascent website to find what you are looking for by product category, or try the Search function. Otherwise, you can scroll through an archive of triathlon-related articles by clicking on this Ultra Endurance link or the drop down menu above.