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IT’S GO­ING to be a muddy, fun­filled Satur­day for hun­dreds of Whit­sun­day lo­cals, as they take to the re­gion’s first ob­sta­cle course event – Ob­sta­cles Gone Mad! Whit­sun­days in Kelsey Creek.

For Can­non­vale’s Tanya Ben­son, the at­trac­tion is that Ob­sta­cles Gone Mad! is an ex­pe­ri­ence not nor­mally on of­fer in the Whit­sun­days.

“Its about get­ting out­side of the box, out­side of your com­fort zone and hav­ing a laugh and a gig­gle at each other,” Ms Ben­son said.

Ms Ben­son, along with friends Tonya Dunne, Ja­clyn Wat­son and Amy Keyte, are just four of more than 600 peo­ple who will de­scend on the course at the week­end.

The ex­pe­ri­ence, and what­ever chal­lenges it presents as in­di­vid­u­als or as a team, is what has them so ex­cited.

“I think if you see some­one strug­gling I reckon you’d hold your hand out and give them a bit of a hand,” Ms Ben­son said.

“We’ll see what we say at the end (of the course),” Ms Dunne added dryly.

With the cour­ses al­most com­pleted, fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are un­der way for the event, which founder and or­gan­iser Shane Elis­ara said “was shap­ing up re­ally well”.

Cargo nets, rope climbs, monkey bars, walls, apexes and nu­mer­ous other ob­sta­cles across a com­bined 17.5km of track will be sure to chal­lenge even the fittest of peo­ple.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it and we’re look­ing for­ward to putting on an amaz­ing show for ev­ery­one on Satur­day,” Mr Elis­ara said.

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Limited ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Jeff Aquilina said he and his team were happy to sup­port and grow events like Ob­sta­cles Gone Mad! Whit­sun­days.

On­line reg­is­tra­tions for the event close on Thurs­day evening, but those who are still think­ing about at­tend­ing will be able to turn up and take part on the day.

“If you haven’t got a ticket, just hop onto one of the buses and you’ll be able to reg­is­ter at the gate,” Mr Elis­ara said.

A bus timetable and in­for­ma­tion about pick-up and drop-off points is avail­able at www.ter­rain­train­

NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Tonya Dunne, Ja­clyn Wat­son, Tanya Ben­son and Amy Keyte are look­ing for­ward to chal­leng­ing them­selves.

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