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Race results: Anaconda Adventure Race, Geographe Bay
New Zealander Richard Ussher took first place at the Anaconda Adventure Race, Geographe Bay, which was held last Sunday, 4 November. Twenty-three-year-old Sydneysider Christie Sym was also the first female to cross the finish line.

Wearing bib number 1, Richard Ussher beat NSW resident Ben Allen and winner of the 2006 Lorne (Vic) race Jarad Kohlar with a time of 3 hours, 57 minutes and 3 seconds. Christie Sym completed the course in 4 hours, 57 minutes and 32 seconds with an eight-minute lead in front of Kim Beckinsale.

While winning the individual male category, Ussher and his New Zealand elite team were beaten by the green and gold team's best combined time in the race's inaugural Trans-Tasman adventure racing challenge. The Australian team included former Surf Ironman Guy Andrews, Jarad Kohlar and Christie Sym.

About 120 individuals and 300 teams lined up at 7 am for a tough start with tricky swimming conditions in Geographe Bay's choppy waters.

Ussher, former World Multisport Champion and Olympic skier as well as winner of multiple adventure races around the world, said he gave his best right up to the end.

"With adventure racing, you never know how it's going to turn out so you need to keep pushing all the way to the end. It was a good challenge for me as I'm not a great swimmer," Ussher said.

"It's good to be able to come here and race well. The race organisers have done a great job at putting the course together and Geographe Bay is beautiful," he added.

It was a third win for NSW resident Christie Sym who also won in the female category at the Anaconda Adventure Race on the Gold Coast in August and at Forster NSW in September.

Ussher and Sym are now looking forward to the final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race national series with the Lorne, Victoria, race on 9 December, which is expected to attract around 900 participants.

About 1,200 competitors registered to the Anaconda Adventure Race Geographe Bay which included ocean swimming (1.8 km), ocean kayaking (12.5 km), coastal and trail running (14.2 km), mountain biking (22 km) and a final run (1.8 km).

Outdoor adventure retailer Anaconda is the principal sponsor of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series which is run by Rapid Ascent headed up by former world champion kayaker John Jacoby. Anaconda recently opened its first Perth store in Joondalup and will shortly open in Innaloo.

Adventure racing is a relatively new sport that attracts 'every day' people and elite athletes from around the globe. Adventure racing, which has sometimes been called off-road triathlon, has emerged as the big brother to marathons, road races and triathlons and has seen a significant increase in popularity all around the world in the past 10 years.

The Lorne race is the final leg of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series which includes races on the Gold Coast (QLD), in Forster (NSW) and Geographe Bay (WA). The Lorne race is also the Australian Championships and will see those at the front end of the field competing for the $30,000 pool of cash and prizes.

For full results and more information on the Anaconda Adventure Race series, visit

Anaconda can be contacted on 1300 669 137 or by visiting

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