Adventurers will stream into the region this week ahead of the popular Augusta Anaconda Adventure Race.
The world famous event is one of the biggest of its kind, challenging hundreds of athletes who make the trek to the Capes region to compete. Starting from the iconic Cape Leeuwin lighthouse where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, the race requires participants to run, swim, kayak and mountain bike 62.9km through some of the most spectacular and wild landscapes in the country.
More than 1700 die-hard adventurers will take on the course next month, ranging from elite athletes to beginners who may take up to nine hours to finish.
Event manager Sam Maffett said he thought the success of the race, which sold out in two days this year, was the result of the setting and people involved.
“The location and enthusiasm of participants means it fills to capacity,” he said.
“I think it’s the wild landscapes and the sense of adventure the location’s landscapes provide.
The spectacular lighthouse and rocky foreshore at the starting line and the water racers approve of the inlet as well.”
The event was held in Dunsborough when it first came to WA in 2006, following the success of the original Anaconda Adventure Race in Lorne, Victoria.
However, since moving to Augusta three years ago it has gone from strength to strength.
This year 800 children aged from five to 13 will participate in the Anaconda Junior Survivor and for the first time, 750 people will compete in the 27km event, the Anaconda Mini.
Mr Maffett said the introduction of the Mini was partly designed to increase female participation in the race, which had hovered at about 20 per cent.
“It’s less draining than the full race and more achievable for women who are taking it on,” he said.
Mr Maffett said the individual athlete to watch in this year’s race was New Zealander Braden Currie, while the first tri-nations trophy between teams of three from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa would provide a compelling contest.
The event manager paid tribute to its more than 100 volunteers and the supportive Augusta community.
Augusta Anaconda Adventure Race takes place on November 3 and 4.
For information, visit www.rapid ascent.com.au/anacondaadventurerace/wa.