48 hours of pure adventure

Team Kamikaze prepare their kayak for this weekend?s GeoQuest Adventure Race.
Team Kamikaze prepare their kayak for this weekend?s GeoQuest Adventure Race.

AUSTRALIA'S premier adventure is ready to set Sawtell and Coffs Harbour alight for a gruelling 48 hours over the long weekend.

Starting in the early hours of this morning, the race is basically an off-road triathlon involving kayaking, mountain biking and running components, over a distance of more than 200km.

This is the sixth year of the race, which grows in size with every event and this year's event sees big names such as ex-Ironman Guy Andrews and former world champion kayaker John Jacobi involved.

There is also local involvement, with three teams entering from Coffs Harbour.

Everything kicks this morning from 7am and one of the biggest adventure races on the 2007 racing calendar will see just under 70 teams from across Australia competing.

One aspect that makes this race more difficult than most, aside from it's natural gruelling nature, is that the teams were unaware of the exact course that they would be required to take until 4pm yesterday.

Some of the top teams lining up at this years event include team Mountain Designs, AROC and Rapid Ascent.

Organisers are excited this year that has headed to what they believe is the most superb location to date in Sawtell, surrounded by magnificent forest and pristine water ways.

The limitless trails and river systems has meant that designing a course in the area has been an absolute pleasure for organisers.

Teams will pass through great rain forest, paddle clear running rivers, climb misty mountains and traverse fantastic coastal areas.

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