That’s a wrap on the Sunshine Coast Adventure Race event for 2021! We hope you had a blast, whether you participated on Saturday or Sunday (or both!) and enjoyed the course on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
A strong field of Classic and Novice teams trail ran, mountain biked and kayaked on both days including the legendary kids teams who battled it out on Sunday riding and running on their own special course, some with parents in tow. Smiles were seen all round with teams crossing that finish line, both from achievement and no doubt relief. Perfect weather across the weekend, meant that all teams had to do was worry about their route choice and finding the fastest (or most enjoyable) way home.
Congratulations to all Classic team podium finishers on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, in the Mixed category ‘A Gaggle of Giess’ (Shaye & Michael Giess) were the first team home with ‘Precisely When we Mean To’ (Courtney Goodacre & Sam Barrow) and ‘Adkat Xcite’ (Katina & Adam Woods) rounding out the podium. ‘Awesome Adventurers’ (Melanie Lightbody & Jenny Knight) showed off their skills to come home more than 30minutes in front of ‘Girl Torque’ (Maree Price & Wezel Sarah Van) and ‘WTF – Where’s the Finish’ (Bree Habner & Anita Magee) in the Female category. While for the Male teams ‘Ramrod’ (Luke Johnston & Kieran McAuliffe) and ‘BWAR’ (Everett Putney & Glenn Wilkinson) followed home the winning Male team, and quickest time overall on the day, ‘Empire Strikes Back’ (Andrew & Ben Gillespie) who completed the course in a staggering 3hrs, 17minutes & 46seconds once bonus checkpoints were factored in.
On Sunday, it was once again ‘Empire Strikes Back’ who took out the win amongst the Male teams, and with the overall quickest time, an outstanding achievement! ‘Trick’ (Trent Raddatz & Michael Clauson) were second with ’99 Tigers’ (Rick Wenck & Lucas Bolton) finishing third. ‘Adventurous Nutrs’ (Cathy Hunt & Penny Butler) were the quickest Female team, beating home ‘Two Crazy Chicks (Tara Hassan & Alison Poot) and ‘Wild Mums’ (Ros Cradden & Michelle Reardon). In the Mixed category only 4 seconds separated ‘Moxie Tiger’s’ (Scott Poad & Laura Newton) in 2nd and ‘Freedom Adventure’ (Ron McCartney & Kylie Alderson) in 3rd. Taking out the win in the Mixed category however was ‘Wrong Direction’ (Carl Perkins & Scout Hinchcliffe) who were obviously going in the right direction most of the day!
These teams might have been at the pointy end of the Classic courses but there were plenty of other teams both Classic & Novice, who got out there on both days, many for the first time, gave it their all and enjoyed a real adventure in the forest, so we congratulate all these teams. Let’s not forget the Kids racing on Sunday either, some serious talent in there and the future of adventure racing!
Thank you to all our sponsors and suppliers who supported our event, which without their support we could not offer participants the race day experience they enjoyed, including the Classic course podium prizes to come in the mail or via email (watch your inbox for an email in the next week letting you know your prize if you were one of these teams). Lucky teams have scored either Fisiocrem product prize packs, Salming Running shoe vouchers, Ascent Sports Nutrition consultation vouchers or Maximum Adventure Race Series entry vouchers.
- Sunshine Coast Council, Events.SunshineCoast and Visit Sunshine Coast
- Salming Australia
- Ascent Sports Nutrition
- Landsborough Scout Group
- Mojo’s Coffee Van
- Smooth As Fruit
A very special shout out also goes to our hard working volunteers and crew who volunteered their time, lent a hand and helped make this weekend long event happen. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!
Lastly, if you haven’t had a chance to complete the event survey, don’t forget to scan the QR code on the card you received in your race bags. Alternatively click HERE for the survey. This will take you to a short 10 question survey about your travel to the region and experiences while you are here, predominantly aimed at those that aren’t Sunshine Coast locals. We value your thoughts and answering these questions will help us to attract visitors to future events. As a special incentive, we are giving away 2 FREE individual Maximum Adventure Race Series entries to anyone who completes the survey by midnight Sunday 25th July, 2021. Be sure to get yours in to go in the draw to win 1 of the 2 entries!
Full results and photos are available on the links below.
We look forward to seeing you all back in 2022 for another great weekend of adventure racing!