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Competitor Braden Currie. Picture: Rapid Ascent/Fran Jackson

If soft-sand beach running, swimming and paddling out to the chilly Southern Ocean, and mountain biking across WA's rugged South West coastline is your idea of fun, you are, surprisingly, not alone.

The Anaconda Adventure Race series comes to WA on the first weekend in November and already 1700 diehard West Australians have signed up for the main event.

But organisers Rapid Ascent say it isn't just for hardcore thrillseekers.

According to spokesman Chris Ord it doesn't matter if you're an elite athlete, weekend warrior or couch-bound contemplator - there are three events happening over the weekend that cater for all levels of fitness and courage.

A new category - the Mini - is a shorter course and will be unveiled for the first time at this year's Anaconda.

It is described as a perfect introduction to the race for beginners or those reluctant to take on the gruelling 60km event.

There's also a kids' competition held during the weekend for children aged 5-13.

All three events are run on the Saturday and Sunday, and have made the WA leg of the Anaconda series one of the most popular fitness events on the WA calendar.

"There really is nothing like it - it's the Wild West in every adventurous sense," Mr Ord said.

The Anaconda adventure race series is run in Queensland, WA and Victoria and attracts athletes from far and wide.

But for the homegrown crowd, the fun of racing in the great outdoors also makes for a brilliant weekend away with family and friends.

Spots remain in the Anaconda Mini and the Junior.

Organisers are aiming the Mini at women who want to take part in the adventure race but, because of the demands of family or for other reasons, can't commit to a whole training course.

"This year we are putting in a concerted focus on encouraging more women into the sport," race director John Jacoby said. "We know that once they get hooked, women have the potential to become terrifically accomplished racers."

Sean O'Neill came second in last year's Anaconda Augusta race and said the event is thrilling - and contagious. His parents, who were in Augusta cheering him on last year, registered to compete in a team this year.

"We're pretty lucky - as hard as it is when you're climbing a hill on your mountain bike, and it hurts like hell, you can look out at this amazing view. It takes a bit of the pain away," Mr O'Neill said.

The West Australian

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