Rac­ing fun for ev­ery­one

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THE 13TH AU­GUSTA AD­VEN­TURE FEST fea­tured a new for­mat this year. In ad­di­tion to t he st a ndard non-stop ad­ven­ture race, stand-alone races through the wilder­ness of the Au­gusta re­gion, over­looked by the Cape Leeuwin Light­house, were added to make the event more in­clu­sive of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests, abil­i­ties and ages. Lo­cal Jess Reynolds from Duns­bor­ough and Dougall Al­lan from New Zealand were the big win­ners on the day, among fe­males and males re­spec­tively. They won the ad­ven­ture race, com­bin­ing a 1km ocean swim, 6km coastal run, 15km moun­tain bike and 6km in­let pad­dle. The for­mer also com­peted in the stand-alone 35km moun­tain bike race, while the lat­ter, over­all win­ner of the stand-alone races too, claimed later that he just, “woke up a bit stiff,” the day af­ter. Al­lan and Kris­ten Gads­don, male and fe­male cham­pi­ons in the stand-alone races, did so by ac­cu­mu­lat­ing the least amount of time across all events. This new for­mat of­fered sep­a­rate races over 2km of ocean swim­ming, 15km of trail run­ning, and 35km of moun­tain bik­ing. Ju l ia Ket t s f rom S c a rbor­ough, fe­male trail run win­ner, said she was not a fre­quent par­tic­i­pant but had a “great time” in the lovely weather and beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. The 2km ocean swim in Flin­ders Bay was won by sib­lings Court­ney and Kyle Lee, and the 15km ocean pad­dle around Seal Is­land by Tara Smith and John Wilkie.

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