MEDIA RELEASE 07 December
Countdown to the final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series
The countdown has started before the final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race
National Series kicks off this Sunday, 9 December in Lorne.
At least 1082 athletes including 154 racing individually and others as a team
will line up at the Lorne Pier from 8 am to compete for the title of this 51.9
Part of a corporate team is CEO of Anaconda, outdoor adventure retailer and
principal sponsor of the national race series, Toby Darvall.
"I love the outdoor and adventure sports and the adrenaline a participant can
get from racing with so many elite athletes as well as everyday people is just
amazing. I'll be doing the swimming leg for my team, which should be quite a
challenge. But if I'm not attacked by a shark or taken away by a submarine, I
should make it," Toby said.
"It's a great incentive for staff to join a team of colleagues and go out and
enjoy the outdoors. We have three Anaconda corporate teams in the adventure race
in Lorne and everyone is pretty excited to see who's going to do best. We love
to bring a bit of healthy competition into the office. I wish everyone all the
best of luck," he added.
The national race series 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.
"We have decided to slightly change the order of the course this year to bring a
bit of spark and retain the interest of racers who have participated in previous
years," John said.
The race will 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) in
and around the awesome Otway Ranges and magnificent Great Ocean Road.
Some of the biggest individual contenders for victory are Port Melbourne
resident and winner of the 2006 Lorne race Jarad Kohlar and NSW resident and
elite Surf Ironman Ben Allen. Christie Sym from NSW, Kim Beckinsale from QLD and
New Zealand's Bailey Elliott will also be battling for the gold in the open
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.
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