Entries opened today for the biggest adventure race in the world, set to take place at Augusta on 5th and 6th November 2016.
The Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest has been refreshed and revived for 2016 with a new course, a new event layout and massive $20,000 cash prize pool and is sure to attract the 3,500 competitors the event is renowned for year after year.
Adventure racers, active kids and their families that come from across Australia and beyond are expected to descend on the beautiful, wild landscapes of south-west Western Australia on the first weekend in November (5th-6th) for what will be the 11th edition of this incredible adventure race.
Excitement levels will be high across the festival weekend with racers from the elite down to young juniors testing their skill and endurance in three different events and multiple off-road disciplines of paddling, swimming, running and riding, in front of customary huge crowds.
A new prize breakdown is anticipated to draw many All Stars teams to Augusta (like Olympic representatives and TV celebrities) to see if they’ve got what it takes to claim a share in the inaugural teams cash prize pool of $4,500 and new $500 cash bonuses for the fastest male and female on each leg of the course.
Sam Maffett, Rapid Ascent General Manager - the event managers, said he was excited to be bringing participants a brand new edition of the Augusta Adventure Fest.
“We’ve taken the best bits of the well-known courses and tweaked them to provide new challenges on fresh courses for returning competitors and first-timers. The event vibe will be even bigger and we’re confident competitors and support crews will love the new shape of the race,” Maffett said.
“Spectators and support crews will be able to get closer to the action with more opportunities to see competitors as they race through the transition areas in the new consolidated event area.
“We’ve been coming back to south-west Western Australia for 10 years and we can’t wait to see the bar set higher, participants charge through challenging new courses and more lifelong memories made.”
The premier event of the weekend is the Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Race on Sunday - a 58km multidiscipline off-road race which will see competitors tackling a 13.8km Inlet and Ocean Paddle, 28.5km Mountain Bike, 1.9km Inlet Swim, 13.4km Coastal Run and 400m Team run to the finish.
Internationally renowned adventure powerhouse Braden Currie of New Zealand who has an uninterrupted winning record at Augusta is set to return in 2016.
“This event is amazing for turnout; there are a lot of supporters out on course and at the transitions and I really enjoy the environment that surrounds it,” Currie said.
“It’s an epic location and the course is amazing, a real contrast to the conditions we have at home in New Zealand. It’s one of the best courses I’ve raced in Australia.”
Perth’s Jess Huston who was the first Australian over the line at the Augusta Adventure Race 2015 (3rd female overall) is returning to Augusta this November for the fourth time.
“Last year was my third attempt at the race and I was super stoked to sneak onto the podium. I'll definitely be back this year, and I am super excited about the new format and courses,” Huston said.
“Adventure Racing just has such a fantastic vibe - loads of competitors are there with their families, everyone is giving 100% but not taking it all too seriously, there is something for everyone with the varied legs, solos, duos and teams options, and then there are also the mini and full distances.”
The festival also includes a half-distance Augusta Mini Adventure Race and the Augusta Junior Survivor for kids, which are both held on Saturday.
The Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Mini Adventure Race provides a pathway into the sport and was created especially for first-timers and intermediate adventurers who might be a bit overwhelmed by the main race. The 28km course provides similar off-road adventures as the full distance adventure race but in a smaller, bite sized version that’s less intimidating.
The Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Junior Survivor is a 4km super fun running and obstacle adventure challenge designed especially for children aged up to 13 years of age. Every year sees a sell-out field of 900 kids who have an absolute blast as they make their way around the course, which for some is their first race.
The Augusta Adventure Fest is proudly presented by Healthway with the support of Mentally Healthy WA, and the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.
Augusta is an adventure paradise and the Augusta Adventure Fest is the ultimate race experience for any outdoor enthusiast; a must-do action weekend you'd be mad to miss.