Do fun runs and rides bore you? Are triathlons and road races no more exciting than a Sunday morning stroll? Looking for a new way to push your limits that gives you the chance to try things that you have never done before? If yes, then the Anaconda Adventure Race could be the event for you! Taking place amongst the natural beauty of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, this event is like few others on the sports calendar.
But what is an adventure race I hear you ask? Well, let me start by saying that no two adventure races are the same. There are certainly disciplines that are present in most races such as orienteering, trail running, mountain biking and sometimes kayaking and open water swimming, but when you sign up to an adventure race, you can expect anything to be thrown at you.
Some races are designed like treasure hunts (similar to the Amazing Race television show) while others may include mystery legs which no one but the race organisers know until race day and sometimes not even until you arrive at the checkpoint; and when I say mystery legs, I mean mystery! They could be anything from abseiling to archery to a find-a-word and could take half a minute or half a day. The main similarity to outdoor adventure races (as compared to urban adventure races) however, is the fact that you're in the outdoors, racing in bushland, crossing creeks and climbing mountains. So regardless of what the race consists of, you will definitely be getting dirty.
The Anaconda Adventure Race is slightly different to this and caters really well for the first timer or traditional road racer in that the course is completely mapped out and competitors simply follow the trail as in triathlons and other road events. There are two event lengths as well as a kid's race that will definitely challenge the inner athlete and test your physical abilities.
The first is the full distance adventure race consisting of six legs that include trail running, mountain biking, ocean swimming and kayaking. The Anaconda Mini consists of the same legs but at shorter distances and is designed for first timers and competitors who just want to have some fun. Competitors can tackle the race alone or choose to be in teams to cover the distances so if you're not up to facing the whole challenge just yet, get some mates together and get dirty. The Junior Survivors kids race is a 4km obstacle course that promises to be a whole world of fun and will test the brains as much as the brawn of kids from 10-13 years old.
As in most adventure races designed for new comers to the sport, a functional mountain bike is all the racing equipment that you need to take part with kayaks, paddles and life jackets provided to all competitors. On top of that there is a list of compulsory equipment that each competitor or team member is required to have which include all essential equipment in case you run into problems out there as well as some recommended kit items that I highly suggest you consider.
But most importantly you need to have fun. I entered a similar race earlier this year and despite the hours slogging through the bush, more than a few spills, numerous bike malfunctions, and of course the frustration of trying to find allusive checkpoint markers in dense bush, I had the time of my life and cannot wait until the next race!
All the info you need can be found here and there is even some tips on training schedules for those who've never attempted an adventure race. So whether you need something to train for in these cold months over winter, or simply need a new challenge that sounds more exciting than a fun run, then give the Anaconda Adventure Race a go!