Racing fun for everyone
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.