What is Adventurethon? Adventurethon is a multisport challenge incorporating paddling, mountain biking and off road running, similar to a triathlon in format but each Adventurethon race is off road, frequenting areas like national parklands, shorelines and hiking trails to enjoy spectacular scenery and a change of atmosphere.
The Adventurethon National Challenge July 13th & 14th 2013 starts and finishes at in Townsville at North Pallarenda Beach and draws athletes from all over Australia.
Adventurethon is all about setting a big challenge for yourself, both New and seasoned athletes want it to be more than something you could do on any other weekend. There are multiple distances to choose from so the challenge is up to the Athlete. Whether you have trained for months or just decided the week before to give it a go, it’s all about what you can put together on the day that counts. Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to get a different experience for the day!
There are 5 events on show
Adventurethon’s weekend festivals offer five events to accommodate and challenge all fitness and skill levels. Each event is off-road and adventurous by nature, ensuring a challenging and memorable experience which will be remembered well beyond the finish line regardless of length or difficulty. Most events can also be tackled individually or as a team.
Ultra Adventurethon is hard-core, catering for top end endurance athletes across the sports of paddling, mountain biking and trail running as well as the mentally tough social athlete who loves a personal challenge to discover what they can muster when the gauntlet has been thrown down.
Dirty Endurance Duathlonis the perfect choice for landlubbers - those wanting a mentally and physically tough challenge to rival the ultra without the paddle leg.
Enduro Adventurethon is a shorter multi sport course over the same terrain, significantly reducing the paddle and run legs and slightly decreasing the bike leg. Still demanding, it can be a stepping stone from introductory to ultra events in the future or an opportunity to focus on speed without the drain of the longer distances.
Taste of Adventure is just that, a tantalising try out of each of the three disciplines at distances that just about anyone can achieve in an hour or two. Experienced athletes can also treat it as a sprint course. This is a great event for teams, with each competitor participating in their favourite leg or conquering all three side-by-side.
Junior Adventurethon encourages up and coming young athletes from 8 to 17 to have a go on their own or in a team in a closely supervised introductory but challenging event expected to last up to two hours.
Who can do Adventurethon? You don’t have to be super fit to try the Adventurethon. In fact most of the challenge is making the decision to give it a go. Many people cannot comprehend stringing a series of sports together but it’s all in the ability to focus on one thing at a time.
Even a few weeks of general fitness training can help get into condition for such a challenge, those new to paddling will be wise to prioritise this part of their prep as it is more technique based than fitness alone.
What training is involved?
For those that wish to make improvements on their Adventurethon time from year to year, a combination of general fitness training and sport specific training can be used to make these improvements.
Training tips for new trainees to tackle: