Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge

Tasmania is looking like an adventure racing hot spot at the moment with AR World Champs there at the beginning of November. And now the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is back, after a three-year hiatus, and it will be held in Tasmania from 7-11 December 2011.

I remember many years ago when Mark Webber first started driving. I took a shine to him because he was also a multisport athlete and adventure racer. Mark started this event in 2003 when he and a few friends decided that it would be fun to run across Tasmania.

The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is a five-day, multi-sport event and this year it will take competitors across some of Tasmania’s most stunning locations.  Webber, who is now settled in the UK but returns to Australia as often as he can, said the course will travel through some of Tasmania’s most stunning locations including the Freycinet National Park, picture postcard Wineglass Bay, wild Bruny Island, the deep forests of the Hartz Mountains, the cliffs, blowholes and caves of the Tasman Peninsula and the rolling Hobart hills.

“I’ve seen a lot of places during my F1 career, but every time I go home and visit Tasmania I am always reminded what a beautiful place it really is. It is one of my favourite places in the world,” said Webber.

The Challenge hopes to attract a range of competitors, from elite athletes and adventure racing enthusiasts chasing the ultimate prize to competitors looking for a challenge and for something to push themselves beyond their limits.  There are five-day, three-day and one-day course options, for two-person teams, with the disciplines of kayaking, trekking, trail running, climbing and mountain biking included, plus a few other surprises along the way.

“The Challenge has always been about having determination and drive to give something a go. Now, as with the world’s great endurance races, the format will allow elite athletes to chase ultimate success while others can turn up having never done anything like this before and amaze themselves with what they can do.” Webber said

The event has attracted an unprecedented level of corporate and government support, with multi-vitamin manufacturer Swisse taking up the naming rights sponsorship alongside principal partner, Tourism Tasmania, who recently announced their support of the event for the next three years. Major Partners Red Bull, Pure Tasmania, LG, Rexona and Pirelli complete the sponsor line up.

“After a three-year break I am thrilled the Challenge is heading back to Tasmania and that it’s back on the calendar for the next three years,” Webber said.

The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will continue to raise funds for the Mark Webber Challenge Foundation with 100% of funds raised through the Challenge going directly to the Foundation in support of Australian charities.

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