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MEDIA RELEASE 12 October 2007

Inaugural Trans-Tasman challenge set to rock Anaconda Adventure Race at Geographe Bay
In a coup for Western Australia, the Anaconda Adventure Race at Geographe Bay is set to host the inaugural Trans-Tasman adventure racing challenge as part of the race held on Sunday, 4 November.

New Zealand's elite will be going head to head with Australia's best from 7:30 am. The team with the lowest combined times will win a $1,000 cash bonus and the inaugural Trans-Tasman trophy.

The green and gold team will include Queensland's Guy Andrews (winner of three Anaconda races and runner-up for the other three), Jarad Kohlar from Victoria (2006 Australian Anaconda Sprint Champion and winner of last week's Upper Murray Challenge) and New South Wales' Christie Sym who has been untouchable in the women's field this year.

Representing the New Zealand team will be Richard Ussher (twice world individual champion and 2007 Anaconda Adventure Race Forster winner), Gordon Walker (current individual world champion and winner with Ussher of the 2007 Keen Adventure Race) and new kid on the block Bailey Elliot. Elliot started as an elite junior swimmer before progressing into surf iron women races and venturing into the national junior triathlon team.

For the first time in Anaconda adventure racing history, these six competitors will wear their national colours and compete along with the expected 1,400 racers. It will be a very close contest - while New Zealander Ussher was able to dismantle the Aussies in Forster, Andrews and Kohlar both beat Walker in WA last year.

Outdoor adventure retailer Anaconda is the principal sponsor of the national race 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.

For more information on the Anaconda Adventure Races, please visit

Anaconda can be contacted on 1300 669 137 or by visiting

Released for Anaconda by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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