Over 350 excited adventure racers gathered on the shores of pristine Lake Macquarie on Saturday for the first leg of the 2023 Max Adventure Race Series. There was a broad cross section of participants, serious (or not so serious) teams on the longest Classic Course, plenty of first-timers lining up for the Novice Course and over 50 younger racers on the brand-new Kids Course.
A big shout out to Lake Macquarie City Council. We love hosting events in the Lake Macquarie area which really is an outdoor adventure playground and the continued support of the council only reinforces that.
The hot weather made the course tougher than normal with one experienced team calling it the toughest course in a decade. Congratulations to all teams that tackled the course and gave it their all, you should all be stoked at your achievements!
The course either started or finished with a paddle on Lake Macquarie then the teams rode up and over to the ocean side of the Pacific Hwy. Next up was the rogaine section of the course, Classic teams needed to collect 5 out of 7 checkpoints, Novice teams 3 out of 5. For many teams this was their favourite leg, seeing the different strategies and route choices play out. Did teams collect the checkpoints along the coastal rock platforms that were a bit further away? Or did they tackle the off-track navigation to collect those checkpoints closer to the transition area?
After the rogaine the teams rode back across to the lake side of the course and the welcome site of the finish line. The finish line was even more welcoming with the free, cold Wilde Isotonic beer waiting for them.
Earlier in the day over 50 younger racers participated in the first ever Kids Course at this venue. The kids were full of energy and embraced the challenge, mountain biking (most even took on the more technical route choice over the longer but less technical choice), a quick kayak on the lake followed by a water side run leg to finish off. There were plenty of tired smiles at the end, smiles that grew even wider when the finishers medal was hung around their necks.
Thanks to our event sponsors Lake Macquarie City Council and Wilde Isotonic for their support and thanks to the crew from 1st Belmont Scout group who were manning the BBQ all day and to our legendary volunteers who came along to assist on the day.
Entries for the next NSW leg of the Max Adventure Race series in the Royal National Park, Sydney on the 3rd of June, are now open so sign up HERE and start planning your next event in the great outdoors. We are pretty confident it won’t be as hot in June!
Results and Photos are now available. Remember all photos from the crew at Outer Image are included in your entry thanks to our friends at Lake Macquarie City Council – so jump online and download yours today. Don’t forget to tag us in your post-event race reports – we love hearing about your day.