This year, the Lake Macquarie Adventure Race is getting an upgrade! Not one, but TWO race days, with not one, but TWO different courses to complete. Make this a summer to remember with a weekend kayaking, biking, and running through the stunning surrounds of Lake Macquarie.
We reckon the Lake Macquarie Adventure Race is the perfect event to scratch into your calendar. Why? Apart from the chance to spend the weekend in an epic coastal haven, the race is designed to cater for all adventure racers – from novices to experts, there’s a course to suit.
What’s an Adventure Race?
An Adventure Race is like a triathlon that’s gone off-road, thrown in teammates, and hasn’t told you where it’s going. It’s an absolute riot where you get to challenge yourself across multiple sports, test out your navigation skills, and work with your mates to achieve your goal.
Max Adventure hosts a series of five races on the East Coast throughout the year and the Lake Mac event on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of February 2022 is number one! Perfect time to start then hey?
What’s the Lake Mac Adventure Race Like?
The Lake Macquarie Adventure Race features the three core adventure racing disciplines: kayaking, mountain biking, and trail running. You’ll switch between them a bunch of times on your way to the finish line, meaning a fast-paced event that keeps you moving.
Set in the lush coastal environment of Lake Macquarie, this year’s course heads back to the ocean side of the Lake, and will have you swapping between coastal trails, classic Aussie bushland, and the open expanse of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake.
You’ll compete in pairs, so grab your partner or a mate and start training together!
But I’ve never done an Adventure Race!
No stress! The race has a shorter and less technical novice course option, perfect for teams new to adventure racing. With a 1-2km kayak, 3-5km run, and 5-15km mountain bike, the ‘novice’ course isn’t too intimidating, and it’ll be packed with other people like you ‘just having a crack’. Expect the course to take between 2-6 hours
Oh and the navigation is entry-level too. You’ll have to brush up on your compass skills, but if you can read a street directory you’ll be fine!
If that doesn’t sound like a challenge then the Classic Course is for you, it’s roughly twice as long and there’ll be some die-hards out there to show you how it’s done. The course takes between 2-6 hours, but that part is well and truly up to you.
The Classic Course will be tight with plenty of twisting, narrow trails to keep you on your toes and your mind on the navigation.
Ok, I’m in! But I don’t have any gear
Gotchya covered. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs are provided as part of your race entry. Helmet and bike hire are available through a recommended supplier too. You’ll need to get some lightweight, breathable clothing, a comfy pack, and some trail runners, but c’mon, you need those anyway!
Read more: Adventure Racing 101
Sweet! Can I make it a weekender?
What’re you gonna do after you finish an all-out adventure scramble through the wilds of Lake Macquarie? Jump in the car for an hour and a half back to the big smoke? Pffft, soak it up! Go for a swim at the beach, check out some caves, or check in to Lake Mac Holiday Parks or Macquarie 4 Star Hotel. You’ve bloody earned it.
Sign. Me. Up.
Whether you choose to race on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th, or really push yourself to take on an adventure race double-header, the Lake Macquarie Adventure Race is set to be a blast! Sign up before January 12th to beat the price rise and save $20 per team!