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MEDIA RELEASE 3 September 2007

NSW gets ready for its first Anaconda Adventure Race
The first Anaconda Adventure Race for NSW will kick off at Main Beach Forster on Saturday, 22 September.

Adventure racing is a relatively new sport that attracts elite athletes from around the globe as well as 'every day' people. Adventure racing has emerged as the big brother to marathons, road races and triathlons. According to Adventure Sports Magazine, adventure racing has expanded from 12 races held in 1998, to over 500 scheduled in the year 2005 and has sometimes been called the off-road triathlon. The races have their own unique characteristics to suit their terrain but all include a combination of running, cycling, swimming and kayaking.

This is the third year of Anaconda Adventure races which began with the first race in Lorne, Victoria, in December 2005. It is Australia's largest premier adventure race series by number of competitors.

The Anaconda Adventure Race Forster is expected to attract between 300 and 400 competitors, racing individually as well as in teams. So far, over 180 participants have registered for this year's race and registrations are closing soon.

The race runs over two days, with the Saturday course being optional. The race includes ocean swimming, ocean and lake kayaking, coastal, beach and trail running as well as mountain biking. The Saturday and Sunday legs go for respectively 48.9 km and 63.9 km. The race is also accessible to beginners, with a relay teams category where participants can choose to do just one leg.

The Anaconda Adventure Race Forster follows the Gold Coast race which was held on 5 August and saw former surf ironman Guy Andrews take the win for a second consecutive year.

"I train for four hours every weekday and up to eight hours on weekends, doing all the core disciplines including swimming, mountain biking, running and paddling," Andrews said.

"What I like best about adventure racing is the variety of locations and multiple disciplines. I compete in about 15 events around the world every year, some team-based as well as solo," he added.

According to Andrews, the biggest contenders for victory after himself! are Jarad Kohlar, 2006 winner of the final round in Lorne, New Zealander and current multisport world champion Gordon Walker as well as Richard Ussher, also New Zealander, former multisport world champion and professional adventure racer.

Christie Sym, Leanne Southwell and Kim Beckinsale will also be battling for the gold in the open female category.

The Anaconda Adventure Race Forster is particularly appreciated by competitors for the region's beautiful landscapes which couldn't have been covered in a one-day course only.

Outdoor adventure retailer Anaconda is the principal sponsor of the race series which is run by Rapid Ascent headed up by former world champion kayaker John Jacoby who has competed in many adventure races around the world.

The Anaconda Adventure Race national series will also be held in Geographe Bay (WA) in November and Lorne (Vic) in December.

For more information on the Anaconda Adventure Races and to register, please visit www.anacondaadventurerace.com.

Anaconda can be contacted on 1300 669 137 or by visiting www.anaconda.com.au.

Released for Anaconda by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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