Adventure athletes take on Lakes challenge

Adventure athletes take on Lakes challenge

Adventure lovers will again descend on Lakes Entrance this weekend for the East Gippsland Adventure Challenge.

The challenge is returning after the success of last year’s inaugural event and will include multisport, children’s and O-Duathlon events.

These events, catered to a range of different adventure types, will be staged across Saturday and Sunday around Lakes Entrance. Saturday’s headquarters will be based at the Lakes Entrance Foreshore, while the action on Sunday will be at Federation Training’s Forestec campus, Kalimna West.

East Gippsland Shire Council mayor, Cr Natalie O’Connell, said East Gippsland is the perfect location for the challenge.

“East Gippsland Shire Council is a proud supporter of this event, which will test the skills of competitors and showcase the variety of adventure sports visitors to our region can enjoy,” Cr O’Connell said.

The headliner event, the multisport race, will be held on Saturday at 8am, featuring a 26-kilometre mountain bike leg along the Colquhoun mountain bike park, a spectacular 11km paddle around Raymond Island, concluding with a challenging 16km run along Discovery Trail.

The multisport race will be the second event of the Adventure Cup Series and all cup leaders are expected to take part, including East Gippsland adventure racing star, Tim Boote, and Melbournian, James Pretto, who are both in intense training for the Coast to Coast World Multisport Championship race with leading females, Marlena Ahrens and Bernadette Dornom.

Saturday’s action will continue with the children’s event, which includes 1km of running, orienteering tasks, fun obstacles and a short paddle.

The O-Duathlon race, a navigation based run-ride event suitable for first-timers who are keen for adventures and elite orienteers alike, will be held on Sunday.

“We create events that cater for adventure challenge seekers of all levels, from the weekend warriors, those who are simply looking for a fun day out with like-minded people, through to the hardcore elite athletes who compete to win,” event director, Serge Kurov, said.