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MEDIA RELEASE 11 July 2008

The Gold Coast Anaconda Adventure Race starts here
The first of a national series of Anaconda Adventure races will kick off at the Tugun Surf Club at 8 am on Sunday, 10 August.

The Anaconda Adventure Race is the ultimate test between some of the world's best athletes in triathlon, surf life saving and multi-sport.

There will be fierce competition at this year's event with former surf ironman and Tugun resident Guy Andrews fighting for his 2006 and 2007 crown against New Zealand's Richard Ussher, three times world adventure racing champion. Ussher will be racing on the Gold Coast for the first time, but he was unbeaten in all the other Anaconda Adventure Race courses he participated in last year.

The 2007 Gold Coast race saw over 450 competitors fighting for the title, racing individually as well as in teams. So far, 200 participants have registered for this year's race and competitors have until the race day to sign-up.

The 48.4km race includes ocean swimming (1.9km), ocean and river kayaking (13km), creek and mountain running (12.5km), mountain biking (18km), board paddling (1km) and beach running (2km). The race is also accessible to beginners, with a relay teams category where participants can choose to do just one leg, except for the board paddling and beach running sections which must be completed by all members of the team.

In conjunction with the event is the Anaconda Junior Survivor challenge held from 4pm on Saturday, 9 August, where over 500 enthusiastic children, aged between seven and 13, are expected to jostle for position on the start line. The 2008 Anaconda Junior Survivor course has been improved with a range of exciting obstacles and water activities set in a bush and beach environment.

John Jacoby, Anaconda Adventure Race director, said the 2008 Gold Coast race is building up to be bigger and better.

"We have tweaked and improved the course from 2007 to remove the section going through the Sanctuary and add a board paddle up leg in the Currumbin Creek. This will provide a more challenging and rewarding off road adventure for everyone, Jacoby said.

"Also, the course showcases a side of the Gold Coast few ever knew existed. It takes competitors through the rainforest, over hills with extensive view on the city and on the Pacific coast. The scenery becomes a real inspiration when the going gets rough, he added.

Last year, Guy Andrews took up the gold in the male category with a finish time of just over four hours and NSW athlete Christie Sym was the first female to cross the finish line after four hours and 37 minutes.

Adventure racing attracts 'every day' people and elite athletes from around the globe. Adventure racing, a combination of off-road triathlon and surf life saving, has emerged as the big brother to marathons, road races and triathlons, and has seen a significant increase in popularity all around the world over the past 10 years.

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 won many adventure races around the world. Anaconda currently has four stores in Queensland which are located in Ashmore, Everton Park, Logan and Townsville.

This year's Anaconda Adventure Race National Series includes:

Sunday, 10 August: Tugun Gold Coast
Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 August: Forster, NSW
Sunday, 2 November: Geographe Bay, WA
Sunday, 7 December: Lorne, Victoria

This is the fourth year of Anaconda Adventure races, which began with the first race in Lorne in December 2005.

The races have their own unique characteristics to suit their terrain but all include a combination of running, cycling, swimming and kayaking.

Participants can find more information and register to the races by visiting 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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