MEDIA RELEASE 04 December
Melbourne athlete lines up for the final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series
The final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series is being held
this Sunday, 9 December in Lorne with about 1,000 athletes racing individually
or as a team. Port Melbourne resident Jarad Kohlar, winner of the 2006 Anaconda
Adventure Race in Lorne, will be one of those competing for the title.
"I started adventure racing in 2003 and have done a few races in New Zealand. It
is such an awesome sport that it can open your mind and lead to great
opportunities. I'm planning on quitting my profession as a physical education
teacher next year and devoting my time to adventure racing. My goal is to do the
Coast-to-Coast adventure race in New Zealand next year," Jarad said.
"I participated in all the races of the Anaconda Series this year and it's been
great. Generally, my strength is my consistency across all disciplines, but I'm
naturally better at running. The area I need to improve is swimming," he added.
Jarad explained that many hours need to be spent every day on training prior to
"If I was a full time athlete, I would train from six to eight hours a day, but
due to my full-time work, I try to fit in about 21 to 24 hours per week. This
includes everything from stretching, massages, gym, paddling, running, mountain
biking and so on. I try to do a lot of off-road training. Going over the courses
is critical for the Anaconda Series - you need to know the environment you'll be
racing in," he explained.
Jarad said he participated in the Mark Webber challenge two weeks ago and had
the opportunity to speak with Mark Webber.
"Chatting and competing with well-known athletes like Mark Webber is pretty
inspiring. It's great that companies like Anaconda get behind this awesome sport
of adventure racing," Jarad said.
Jarad, who won last year's Anaconda Adventure Race in Lorne, said spectators
should still be expecting good results from him this year.
"Last year, I actually had more time to do a lot of training, but this year, I
have more experience. So I'll use the knowledge of the course to my advantage
and hopefully will still be up there on the podium... in first place," he said.
The 51.9 km race will start at 8:00 am at the Lorne Pier and include ocean
swimming (1.9 km), ocean kayaking (13 km), coastal and trail running (11.2 km),
mountain biking (23 km) and a beach run (2.8 km). The race is accessible to
beginners, with a relay teams category where participants can join up with
friends and colleagues to do just one leg each.
A range of activities held at Lorne Foreshore will keep the community
entertained throughout the race weekend. Families will have a chance to
experience Anaconda's outdoor climbing pinnacle, visit different exhibitors
tents, witness trails raiders' bike tricks and much more.
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 and won many adventure races around the world. Anaconda
recently opened its second store in Victoria in Geelong, bringing more
competition to the outdoor retailing industry.
This is the third year of Anaconda Adventure races which began with the first
race in Lorne in December 2005.
The Anaconda Adventure Race National Series was also held on the Gold Coast
(QLD), in Forster (NSW) and in Geographe Bay (WA).
For more information on the Anaconda Adventure Races and to register, please
Anaconda can be contacted on 1300 669 137 or by visiting
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