Entrants swim and trail run and race their kayaks and mountain bikes tackling a one of the most challenging off road courses the series has to offer. First up competitors face a swim around the iconic Lorne Pier and across crystal clear Loutit Bay to the cheers of thousands of spectators. Then it’s a paddle along the cliffs and golden beaches flanking the iconic Great Ocean Road while surfing friendly southern ocean swells. Back on land, you dash across the giant rock-dressed foreshore before disappearing inland through rainforests, under massive tree ferns, and past mighty waterfalls. Finally, it’s time to saddle up on the mountain bike to the top of the Otway Ranges before enjoying a screaming (always figuratively, sometimes literally) descent to the beach-set transition and a short, sandy run to the finishline with a grin from ear to ear.
With adventures this genuine it’s no great surprise that doing ‘the Anaconda’ has become a genuine institution across Australia and with upwards of 1200 competitors heading to Lorne for the first weekend in December, this is one of the biggest.
And of course as always there’s an adventure expo with kids entertainment, live commentary, food, drinks, displays and free stuff!
The Anaconda Adventure Race at Lorne will also be raising money for Geelong based charity Give Where You Live. Formerly United Way Geelong, Give Where You Live exists to improve the life of those less fortunate in our community such as the disabled, the homeless and the disadvantaged. Click here for more information about Give Where You Live or click here to donate.
Choose your style - the Anaconda Adventure Race can be completed in a range of categories to get anyone and everyone to onto the start then over the finish line:
•Individuals – do every leg as a non-stop race around the track.
•Pairs – do every leg but in the company of your mate who’s by your side the whole way round
•Relay teams – with up to 4 people where you do one (or more) legs each. A great way to get involved without needing to be an endurance superhero – build up a team of friends, family or work colleagues for a easily achievable introduction to adventure racing
8 - 9th December, 2012