Our Story

Josh (Smurf) has been involved in endurance sports for the past 15 years including triathlon from sprint distance to Ironman, and more recently ultra running. Following 10 years in education as a teacher, middle leader and high school principal, Josh's hobby of endurance sports coaching became his full-time job. Smurf Endurance Sports was born including 1-to-1 coaching and programs, triathlon and run squads, and our two major run events; Cairns 50 and Smurf's Backyard Ultra.

Salome (Smurfette) is a triathlete with numerous age group wins and podiums, and two age group world championship finishes. Now a mother of two, Smurfette is a GP Obstetrician who is the foundation and sounding board of Smurf Endurance Sports.

With a combined 6 Ironman triathlons, over 30 70.3 distance races, multiple ultra-marathon finishes and a long list of other triathlons and running races, Smurf & Smurfette bring plenty of experience to the Cairns running and triathlon community.

Upcoming Races

Upcoming Races

Glasshouse Standing (Sunshine Coast): Dec 31, 2023

Tarawera Ultra-Trail (New Zealand): Feb 17-18, 2024

Bustard Express (Atherton Tablelands): Mar 16, 2024

Noosa Ultra-Trail (Sunshine Coast): Mar 23, 2024

Cairns 50 (Cairns): Apr 5-7, 2024

Ironman Cairns (Cairns): Jun 16, 2024

BVRT 100s (Brisbane Valley): Jun 20, 2024

3M3D (Cairns & Tablelands): Jun 28-30, 2024

Cairns Marathon (Cairns): Jul 14, 2024

Unreasonable East (FNQ): Aug 20, 2024

Blackall 100 (Sunshine Coast): Oct, 2024


Doctor, Mum, Athlete

Smurfette - Doctor, Mum, Athlete

Coach, Race Director, Dad, Athlete

Smurf - Coach, Race Director, Dad, Athlete

Our Coaches

Kryssi has been involved in the fitness industry for over 15 years as the owner/operator of her own business, GETFIT. She developed the first run squad in Cairns and has coached over 250 runners from 3km to ultramarathons! She specialises in "not-specialising" and is a true hybrid athlete with a passion for running.

As an athlete, Kryssi has run 30 marathons including a 3:15 PB at Melbourne Marathon in 2023. Her achievements include 3rd female at Cairns 50 in 2023, 2nd female at Cairns 30 in 2022 and 3rd female at Cairns marathon in 2022. But as well as these running achievements, she also has numerous cross-fit achievements to her name.


Athletics Australia Level 2 Distance Running Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Cert 3+4 Fitness, Sports Nutritionist

Jon grew up playing many sports and over 10 years ago found triathlon while watching the finishers at Ironman Cairns. Since then, Jon has completed multiple Ironman and 70.3 events including Ironman Cairns, Ironman Australia and Ironman Western Australia.

A strong bike runner, Jon has also had many great run achievements including two sub 3 hour marathons, both on the Cairns Marathon course.

Although new to coaching, Jon brings a wealth of experience to his role as one of our Triathlon Squad coaches, and deep knowledge and understanding of bikes, technology and triathlon in general


Triathlon Australia Foundation Coach

Kalyra learnt to swim from a young age and was a competitive swimmer in her youth, including competing at Queensland state level. 

More recently, Kalyra has been an ultra-runner including completing 3 Marathons 3 Days 4 years in a row (1st Female in 2022, equal 3rd Female in 2021) and Scenic Rim Ultra, then also completed her first 70.3 in 2023.

As a swim coach, Kalyra began coaching in high school, even working with a future Commonwealth Games 200m Butterfly silver medallist.


Swim Australia Teacher of Swimming; Swim Australia Teacher of Babies & Toddlers; Diploma of Sport; ASCTA Green License Coach (former)


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