When Garth Civil’s not fighting fires as a career firefighter up and down the West Coast of Australia, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll find him out on the water off Perth or cruising around the trails on his mountain bike.
But next weekend’s no training run for Garth; he’ll be in Augusta, charging around the course at the world’s largest adventure race.
Garth is the Act-Belong-Commit teams ambassador for the Augusta Adventure Fest. We stole a few minutes of his time to see how the lead-in to his seventh Augusta Adventure Race has been going, and how he’s feeling about the big day.
PHOTO: Garth Civil (second from right) with his team at the Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest in 2015.
Q) How long have you been involved in sport and adventure racing, and what do you love about it?
I have been involved in sport since I was a young kid, it always been a part of my life. I got into adventure racing in the early 2000’s and have done teams and solos for a number events around WA. This will be my 7th year of this event in both Augusta and Dunsborough.
Q) Do you have a racing highlight that stands out?
My racing highlight for this event is that I have completed each leg in a team and I have always done it as a team.
Q) Have you ever had a racing mishap?
Not really anything to note, but plenty of minor incidents such as taking a wrong turn during a run leg in the past.
Q) Was it hard to pick which leg to take on, and what’s the feeling amongst your team mates as we approach the event; in the final couple of weeks’ countdown?
I am the swimmer as I have done for the last three years, this year I am also doing the paddle leg as the event order has changed to allow me to do both. I am also doing the MINI solo and my two boys aged 6 and 9 are doing the Junior Survivor so we are making it a family adventure weekend.
Q) How’s training been going, and what has it involved?
I am always training, mostly paddling and swimming, but also some riding and a bit of running, I generally don’t like running though LOL.
Q) How did the role of Act-Belong-Commit ambassador come about and how much does it mean to you and your team?
I got involved with ABC because I saw the message as a way I have lived my life and have had the benefits from that. For the team it is what we are all about. We are all career firefighters and living life to this philosophy is what keeps us healthy physically and mentally. The team this year is made up of Andy Lane, Todd Andrews and myself.
Q) For people who have never done the event, why should they give it a go?
All the competitors are so friendly, most are there to complete a challenge not compete to win.
Q) What advice would you give to someone who is new to the event and adventure racing?
Do the training to your own ability level and enjoy the experience. Events like this take you out into a beautiful environment and away from normal daily stresses. Be fit enough to enjoy it and if you don’t feel up to the full event, do it in a team, you get the experience and the camaraderie without so much pain :)
Q) Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank all the organisers and volunteers who put on these events and make it such a great experience.
Thank you Garth. All the best for your final weeks leading in, and see you at Augusta!