The Augusta Adventure Race reached capacity in a record time of nine and a half hours with over 1,700 competitors joining the adventure institution after entries opened at 12:00pm AEST on Wednesday 10 April.
Competitors will take on the challenging 63km course which includes four off-road disciplines; ocean swimming, kayaking, mountain biking and trail running.
Formally known as the Anaconda Adventure National Series, the newly branded Augusta Adventure Fest has once again proven its’ status as the biggest adventure race in the world.
Over 3,300 competitors are expected across the weekend which takes place on 2-3 November, and incorporates two additional race formats to compliment the sold-out premier race; the Mini Adventure Race and Junior Survivor.
Demand for entries soared in popularity from the 2012 event, which reached capacity in three days.
Rapid Ascent’s Event Manager Sam Maffett is overwhelmed with the response so far.
“We knew the race was popular, and to sell out in such a short time really goes to show the strength of adventure racing in Western Australia.
“With competitor numbers increasing, and an additional 5,000-plus spectators expected to attend, we should also see an increase in the direct economic impact on the region; in 2012 it was over $8 Million.” Maffett said.
Entries in the shorter race formats are also on track to hit their field limit within days; in particular the Mini, which was introduced in 2012 and designed for younger competitors and first timers over a course approximately half the distance of the premier race.
“It’s great to see so many competitors returning for their umpteenth attempt, but we have also had an influx of newcomers as well.” Maffett said.
The Adventure Fest also opened for entries in Lorne (7-8 December), one of Victoria’s favourite coastal resort locations, with entries currently still available across all three race formats (Premier, Mini and Junior Survivor).