MEDIA RELEASE 13 November
Victoria is warming up for the final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race National Series
Victoria is hotting up for the final round of the Anaconda Adventure Race
National Series to be held in Lorne on Sunday, 9 December.
The Anaconda Adventure Race Lorne is expected to attract about 1,000 competitors
racing individually or as a team. People have until 30 November to register by
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.
The 51.9 km race will start at 8:00 am at the Lorne Pier and 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). 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 Port Melbourne resident and winner of the
2006 Lorne race Jarad Kohlar, NSW resident and elite Surf Ironman Ben Allen, WA
pro triathlete Sean O'Neill and multiple Anaconda Adventure Race winner Guy
Andrews. Christie Sym from NSW, Kim Beckinsale from QLD and New Zealand's Bailey
Elliott will also be battling for the gold in the open female category.
The Anaconda Adventure Race in Lorne, included by Tourism Victoria as a landmark
event on the Victorian sporting calendar, is particularly appreciated by
competitors for the diversity of its terrain and the region's beautiful
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.
A team of elite athletes from Coach Approach including Bianca Chatfield
(Co-Captain Melbourne Phoenix, Australian Women's Netball Team, 2006 Melbourne
Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist) and Pat Hassett (Victorian Football League)
will also be on the beach on Sunday, 9 December to participate with the
community in beach volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, beach soccer and beach flags.
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 and won many adventure races around the world. Anaconda
recently opened its second store in Victoria in Geelong, bringing more
competition to the outdoor retailing industry.
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 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