MEDIA RELEASE 09 October 2007
WA is warming up for the biggest Anaconda Adventure Race
Western Australia is warming up for Australia's biggest adventure race with the
Anaconda Adventure Race Geographe Bay at Dunsborough on Sunday, 4 November.
The Anaconda Adventure Race Geographe Bay is building up to be Australia's
largest adventure race with about 1,400 competitors expected to participate.
The 52 km race will start at 7:30 am at Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp and include
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). 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.
The biggest contenders for victory are New Zealander and professional adventure
racer Richard Ussher, former Surf Ironman and winner of the 2006 WA race Guy
Andrews, runner-up of the 2006 WA race Jarad Kohlar as well as New Zealander and
current multisport world champion Gordon Walker.
Christie Sym and Kim Beckinsale will also be battling for the gold in the open
In the team category, a close watch will be kept on Ironman Triathlete Mitch
Anderson and world champion paddler Dean Gardiner.
The Anaconda Adventure Race Geographe Bay is particularly appreciated by
competitors for the region's beautiful landscapes and diversity of its terrain.
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. Anaconda
recently opened its first Perth store in Joondalup and will shortly open in
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 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 National Series was also held on the Gold Coast
(QLD) and in Forster (NSW). The final leg of the Series and Australian
Championships will be run in Lorne (Vic) on Sunday, 9 December.
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