Epic ‘wife-carry’ fun

Augusta Margaret River Times
Wife or partner carrying would be a fixture of the new Eagle Bay race.
Camera IconWife or partner carrying would be a fixture of the new Eagle Bay race.

Augusta Adventure Race organisers Rapid Ascent have unveiled a new event, based in Eagle Bay, after putting its Augusta triathlon to rest earlier this year.

The two-day Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race will start on November 7, and among the range of activities will be a “wife-carry” event.

In keeping with the times, organisers said the term “wife” was only used to identify the traditional fun event, and entrants could carry a man or women or anyone else as their partner in the contest.

Rapid Ascent race director John Jacoby said the new event would take in Eagle Bay, Dunsborough and Meelup Regional Park as well as Geographe Bay.

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“The evolution into the Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race has been designed to keep the courses and event layout new, fresh and exciting for all participants,” he said.

“Each course takes in the best of the best natural wilderness of Meelup and the South West and we can’t wait to see some exciting racing take place.”

The event follows a similar format to the Augusta race, including three different adventure races.

Organisers said the Leeuwin Long Course was a “must do” for serious athletes, with a non-stop course over four disciplines including a 23km mountain bike, 2km ocean swim, 13.5km paddle, and 12.5km trail run.

The Naturaliste Short Course would offer a stepping stone into adventure racing, and was best for newbies, social teams and younger participants, with a 13km mountain bike, 1.2km ocean swim, 5km paddle and 7.9km trail run.

“Carrying the legacy of the incredibly popular Junior Survivor Challenge, the Kids Adventure challenge offers kids aged up to 13 years the chance to be part of the adventure weekend with a 4km running and obstacle course,” the organisers said.

Each event would start and end at the Eagle Bay Brewing Co.

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