The inaugural Anaconda Mini Adventure Race - an abridged version of the popular longer form adventure event (taking place tomorrow) designed to entice beginners into the sport - proved a huge success today with more than 200 competitors taking to the wilds of Noosa to trail run, mountain bike, kayak, swim and beach run their way to the finish arch.
Attracting plenty of first timers and also a high percentage of women as part of organiser's push to get more females into adventure racing, the race played out under blue skies in perfect conditions for adventure.
Competitors began their point-to-point journey at Lake MacDonald in Noosa's hinterlands, taking on a 5.2km trail run and a 15km mountain bike before swapping the wheels for a paddle, kayaking down Noosa River to a transition to swim. Racers then completed the mini-adventure with a short run down Noosa Main Beach to finish under the Anaconda arch in front of the Noosa Surf Life Saving Club.
First across that line was the Wolf Pack, a team entry from Tugun, indicating they likely have experience racing in the Gold Coast Anaconda. They finished in 1 hour 54 minutes. Barely a minute behind coming second over the line, but first individual was Clifford Rodd. He was followed by Chris Barnes, a veteran, with Tayte Dixon, a Junior (U/18) taking home outright individual third place.
The first woman over the line was Corallea Edwards, also a veteran, in 2 hours 13 minutes with Emma Francis only a few minutes behind. With a further tip of the hat to recognising the push for more women to enjoy Adventure Racing, the first female team was 'SPS', in seventh place overall across all teams.
In all the Anaconda Mini competitors covered a course of 27km.
While the adults - and plenty of kids for that matter - enjoyed a small taste of full on adventure racing, more than 200 school aged kids belted around a 4km course in the afternoon in the Junior Survivor, an obstacle course style run.
Tomorrow (Sunday), will see the long form Anaconda Adventure Race make its debut at Noosa and kick off the Anaconda Adventure Racing season. Competitors will line up at the water's edge on Noosa Main Beach for a 7.30am start, beginning with a swim. They will then finish off the 62km course by paddling, mountain biking and trail running in a loop course through the hinterlands to finish somewhere between 4 and 4.5 hours later in front of the surf lifesaving club.
Searchable results are available for the Mini HERE
Full course details for Noosa Anaconda Adventure Race at www.anacondaadventurerace.com