Part of the Anaconda Adventure Race series includes the Junior Survivor – a fun, adventure challenge, catering for 4 to 13 year olds.
Three events will be taking place around Australia in 2012: the first in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, followed by Augusta, WA and finishing with Lorne in VIC.
The focus of the Anaconda Junior Survivor is participation, not place getting, and encourages all levels of fitness to get out there and have a go. Allow your kids to sign up for the challenge and be physically active on an obstacle course, while having lots of fun. Encouraging your kids to take part shows the value you place on health and exercise. Make your kids fitness part of a lifestyle choice and you will give them a gift for life.
The Sunshine Coast welcomes this new event to Noosa and invites all kids aged 4 - 13 to give it a go, as the Queensland Anaconda event heads North to Noosa, for the first time this year. Hosted on the Gold Coast since its inception in 2006, Noosa now becomes the location for not only the Junior Survivor but the full Anaconda Adventure Race and the new Anaconda Mini event (half distance), over 3 action packed, challenging days.
The 2012 QLD Anaconda Junior Survivor will start and finish in front of the Noosa Surf Life Saving Club on the Noosa Main Beach on Sat Aug 11th 2012. The course will be marked and marshaled. The event is designed to take kids around 45mins to complete. The kids will start to come in after around 20 mins and those who choose to walk it, would be looking at around an hour. The course is approximately 4km long. Start time is 3.30pm, with one minute intervals between the different age groups going out, (oldest first so they don't run over the younger ones) and girls and boys also being in separate starts. Presentations are at 4.30pm with lots of random prize giveaways.
Although we will miss the convenience of having the race in our own back yard as it moves from the Gold Coast, it does however offer the opportunity for a trip up north. Cosmopolitan Noosa is beautiful and the area offers a very appealing mid term break. August is also the start of the whale watching season as pods of whales make their way up the Queensland coastline.
Click here to enter the Anaconda Adventure Race in Noosa.
Next up on the adventure calendar is the Augusta event in November, 2012 in Western Australia. If you haven't experienced the south west of Western Australia, use this as an excuse to take your family there. We drove from Perth, in a circuit round the south west, stopping at Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta and continuing to Denmark and Albany before heading back up to Perth. It's peaceful, offers natural attractions - caves, wineries and fabulous forests, all on a spectacular coastline.
So what's in it for the whole family? The Augusta Anaconda Adventure Race is billed as the World's largest adventure race which is set to grow even more with the introduction of the Anaconda Mini – a shorter more achievable challenge for beginner/intermediate racers. Anaconda has appointed 5 female Adventure Ambassadors for 2012, to help encourage more women, regardless of background, into adventure racing. The Junior Survivor gives kids their own event to enter too, so there really is something for everyone. Sat and Sun 3 & 4 November is the weekend for the west, so get it on your calendar.
Hot on the heels of the Augusta event is the Lorne race weekend which takes place on Sat/Sun 8th & 9th Dec, 2012 in Lorne, Victoria. The weekend follows the Anaconda format with the premier Adventure Race, new "half distance" Mini (open to individuals and teams – a great way to start out if you are new to the sport) and of course the Junior Survivor for 4 – 13 year olds.
Junior Anaconda competitors in Lorne Image Warwick Tucker / Surf Coast Times
If the Great Ocean Road has been on your bucket list for a while, use the Anaconda race as an excuse to take you to Lorne, the adventure capital of the south. Its famous Peer to Pub swim course is your carrot to read on.
The Anaconda is for hardened athletes, there's no doubt about that, but the Mini race is also a great way to get involved. Choose one leg and form a team to complete the race with. Swim, trail run, mountain bike and paddle to a new level of fitness for your whole family. You may just get hooked. If your kids take on the Junior race, you can all enjoy the health benefits of training, on the lead up to your chosen event.