CHALLENGING: Karen Masson powers uphill during the bike leg of the Townsville Adventurethon.
CHALLENGING: Karen Masson powers uphill during the bike leg of the Townsville Adventurethon.

Adventurous athlete prepares for October race on home soil

COFFS Harbour extreme sport athlete Karen Masson has won a division of the Adventurethon National Challenge in Townsville.

Karen won the women's ultra category after 16km paddling, 17km trail running and 29km mountain biking.

The tough 62km course saw her cross the line ahead of all the other women by 18 minutes.

Now back on her home turf, Karen will compete in Adventurethon Coffs Harbour on October 10-11.

The North Queensland victory gives her an admission ticket to the Coast To Coast International in New Zealand next year.

Coast to Coast has been running longer than the Hawaii Ironman in Kona and is synonymous with a tough, gruelling day out, starting at Kumara Beach on the South Island and finishing at Brighton Beach.

It involves mountain running, river paddling and road bike riding.

More information on this year's Coffs Coast event and other adventure races can be found online.



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