Eighty professionals will compete for a share of $250,000 on Sunday in Mooloolaba.

Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
A trip to Australia’s Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Koalas, crocs, roos and a multitude of birds is the perfect start to a week in Mooloolaba.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
A trip to Australia’s Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Koalas, crocs, roos and a multitude of birds is the perfect start to a week in Mooloolaba.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
A trip to Australia’s Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Koalas, crocs, roos and a multitude of birds is the perfect start to a week in Mooloolaba. Koala’s, Crocs, Roos and a multitude of birds is be perfect start to a week in Mooloolaba
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
A trip to Australia’s Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Koalas, crocs, roos and a multitude of birds is the perfect start to a week in Mooloolaba. Koala’s, Crocs, Roos and a multitude of birds is be perfect start to a week in Mooloolaba
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
A pre-race swim at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Pay no attention to the croc also exploring the swim venue.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The big waves are supposed to calm in time for Sunday’s race.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The big waves are supposed to calm in time for Sunday’s race.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The big waves are supposed to calm in time for Sunday’s race.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The big waves are supposed to calm in time for Sunday’s race.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Athletes take time to document their world championship experience.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Expo time!
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
American Alicia Kaye signs in for the pro meeting.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Eighty professionals will line up on Sunday.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Swiss stars Caroline Steffen and Daniela Ryf are top contenders for the world title.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Trevor and Heather Wurtele crossed the globe to compete here on Sunday.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Andreas Dreitz led a good chunk of the 2015 race and is back to try to get on top of the podium.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Josh Amberger and Joe Gambles take advantage of the rare opportunity to compete in a world championship event on Australian soil.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Ironman CEO Andrew Messick welcomes the media.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Holly Lawrence still feels like she is under the radar, in spite of a great 2016 leading up to the race.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Heather Wurtele will look to improve on her second place finish from 2015.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Caroline Steffen has lived in the Mooloolaba area for the last seven years, just a few km from the race venue.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Mel Hauschildt has won the 70.3 world title twice.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Daniela Ryf is looking for her third-straight 70.3 world title.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Lionel Sanders has had an impressive 2016 title and is a top contender heading into the race.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
At 43 years old, Craig Alexander has won three 70.3 events this season. Can he had a third 70.3 world title to his resume?
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Second to Jan Frodeno in 2015, two-time winner Sebastian Kienle would like to repeat a championship here in Mooloolaba.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
A top-notch field of athletes ready to rumble on Sunday.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Andrew Messick welcomes age grouper Ellen Hart to the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The early portions of the course will be fast, but at 40 km the race moves to the Hinterland portion with steep climbs, technical turns and amazing views. These sections remind you this is truly a world championship venue.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The early portions of the course will be fast, but at 40 km the race moves to the Hinterland portion with steep climbs, technical turns and amazing views. These sections remind you this is truly a world championship venue.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The athletes have been out checking out scouting the course over the past few days. Here, Leanda Cave leads Lauren Brandon.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The early portions of the course will be fast, but at 40 km the race moves to the Hinterland portion with steep climbs, technical turns and amazing views. These sections remind you this is truly a world championship venue.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The early portions of the course will be fast, but at 40 km the race moves to the Hinterland portion with steep climbs, technical turns and amazing views. These sections remind you this is truly a world championship venue.
Pre-70.3 Worlds From Australia's Sunshine Coast
The early portions of the course will be fast, but at 40 km the race moves to the Hinterland portion with steep climbs, technical turns and amazing views. These sections remind you this is truly a world championship venue.

Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

Several of the world’s top triathletes have traveled to Australia’s Sunshine Coast to compete for the 70.3 world title and a share of the $250,000 prize purse. In addition to the competitive professional field, approximately 3,000 registered age-group athletes representing more than 80 countries from around the world are expected to compete.

The Ironman 70.3 World Championship begins at 6:15 a.m. Queensland time (4:00 P.M. Eastern U.S. time). For race day coverage, visit Ironman.com. Enjoy these pre-race images from photographer Paul Phillips.