Mirinda Carfrae To Race Ironman Melbourne

A finish at the race will validate a start for October's Ironman World Championship.

Photo: John David Becker

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Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae will race the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships on March 22. A finish at the race will validate a start for October’s Ironman World Championship.

It is the first time Carfrae, one of triathlon’s greatest runners of all time, has raced on Australian soil since finishing third in 2012’s inaugural Ironman Melbourne event behind Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen.

“I’m looking forward to racing again at home,” Carfrae said in a press release. “Winning an Australian Ironman title is not something I’ve done yet, so I’d love to add one to my resume.”

The reigning Kona champ will again face defending Ironman Asia-Pacific champion Caroline Steffen.

“It’s a championship race so some of the girls will be really targeting it and be in great shape,” Carfrae said. “I’ll put my nose to the grindstone for the next four weeks, aiming to be as fit as I can be to have a shot at the title.”

This is the first time in over a year that Carfrae will be training in Australia.

“This trip is well overdue and flying in was a nice feeling,” Carfrae added. “My family is excited to have me back and I enjoyed spending time with them in Brisbane. I have six nieces and nephews and the oldest is seven, they change so quickly so I always miss out when I’m away too long.”

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