Top Women's field set to blitz Adventurethon Coffs harbour
2015’s Adventurethon Coffs Harbour has a terrific field of Ultra Adventurethon girls, with women registered and travelling from other states to join in. Women are not only stepping up, but showing how it’s done, achieving some very impressive times over the distances. The 68km multisport race covers 16km of paddling, mountain biking through the hurt locker of parts of the Great Dividing Range and running through beaches and cliffs with spectacular views.
Local Coffs Competitor, Karen Masson, who finished first in Adventurethon National Challenge (Townsville, Qld) earlier this year and Adventurethon Coffs Harbour in October 2014 will be setting the pace for the women’s Ultra race.
Bren Turner, from Sydney, who beat Karen Masson at the Forster Adventure Race earlier this year by only 3 minutes will bring an exciting challenge between the girls.
Christie Sym, (also from NSW) an in form triathlete, with a history of podium finishes in the Anaconda Adventure Race series is also heading to Coffs Harbour to show case the women’s field. Along with Darleen Cheney, who has had podium finish in a team at the Tevo Adventure Race.
Andrea Peebles is heading down from Brisbane to join the girls, having recently returned from a 4th place team finish at the Red Bull 24hr Adventure Race Challenge. Andrea also finished 2nd in the women’s field at Adventurethon national Challenge, Qld earlier this year.
Since the beginning, Adventurethon has included women in the races. Adventurethon has always been about providing family friendly and inclusive challenges, with something for every fitness level and ability. But as a sport that was predominantly enjoyed by men, the male/female ratio was skewed towards the men.
The Taste of Adventurethon was created originally for women and beginners who were wives and support crew for men racing in the bigger events.
“We saw a need when women were frequently telling us how they wanted to try these races but were not confident to do the bigger events, or they could not fit the training time required between their other commitments (family, employment etc)” says race director Joel Savage
Having the Taste on Sunday enabled women to now participate and be a part of the event, including not just the wives and supporters, but also the average fitness enthusiast or gym goer.
Over the years since then there has been an increasing trend and Adventurethon now typically sees a larger number of women throughout the entire weekend’s event. This is an unusual prevalence amongst multisport events.
“We saw women beginning in the Taste of Adventurethon, and now we have noticed a trend of them moving up to the longer events as their confidence and skills improve. Now husbands and partners are being made to share the training time and allow their wives to step up to the Saturday events (Ultra, Enduro and Duathlon)”.
Next time someone says ‘you race like a girl’, tell them, thanks, try to keep up!
Adventurethon Coffs Harbour is on October 10 & 11, 2015 at Northwall Carpark Coffs Harbour
Contact details: Joel Savage – Race Director 0447 496 489 firstname.lastname@example.org