Sat 21st, Oct
Take on an ultimate adventure challenge. Make your way through the adventure playground that is East Gippsland with a non-navigational challenge of mountain biking, trail running and paddling in the spectacular Mitchell River National Park. Face plenty of surprises to test your adventure skills, and bring out your inner adventure racer.
The AAF Adventure Race extracts the most adventure thrill possible from the Mitchell River National Park and its surrounds.
Competitors will begin at the Echo Bend Camping Ground event hub, darting north into the National Park for a short access trail run (2km) amid the fern jungle surrounding the mystical Den of Nargun.
A quick (50m) swim across a flat pool section of the mighty Mitchell River and it’s onto the kayaks for a 12km downriver paddle south. You’ll encounter mostly slow-moving flatwater with occasional small (grade I-II) rapids easily and safely navigated.
Halfway down, racers will come across a giant broken weir wall that soars above on river right, resembling an ancient Incan structure. Further down, nearing the river-left exit prior to a road bridge, you’ll have some fun on the Final Fling rapid (Grade II-III).
Out of the wets and cleating up, it’s onto the mountain bike for a 24km ride. A short U-turn route to get you across the bridge and back tracking the riverbank north, riders will enjoy a small gorge section before taking a big climb west into private farmlands. Ahead is a mix of farm, state forest and bush trails, including an out and back loop on Echo Bend property that uses some of the old Mitchell River Walking Track. There are two short ‘hike-a-bike’ sections: one on the traverse across to the loop (a very steep track) and another unrideable of about 200 metres at the end of the Walking Track.
Take the opportunity on the latter to stop and check the big views back over Mitchell River.
Wheeling back through the start/finish zone (you can stop to refuel, say hi to your support team), it’s now a 4WD dirt road dash to the next transition, the route weaving you up the west side of the National Park. When we say ‘dash’, there will be some tougher, slower sections with several meaty hills encountered.
Reaching a crossroad intersection, leave the bike and don the trail runners. The 14km course takes you further north on fire road before turning you back south and onto the best bits of the Mitchell River Walking Track, including gigantic vistas over the Mitchell River Amphitheatre. From here it is singletrack bliss (if the legs weren’t so tired!) all the way back along the riverbank trail to Echo Bend finish hub.
The notes below are included in order for you to assist with your race preparation and ensure you have the correct equipment to participate.
Spot checks to ensure participants have all mandatory equipment will occur at random on course. Not carrying a piece of mandatory equipment could result is an additional 5 minutes added to finishing times.
KAYAK LEG – WATER CRAFTS
KAYAK LEG – MINIMUM EQUIPMENT NOTES
ADVENTURE RACE – BIKE LEG
ADVENTURE RACE – RUN LEG
ADVENTURE RACE – SWIM (NOTES)
The swim leg is short (2km run then swim across to kayak transition) – 50-100 metres – but it is likely to be cold in the Mitchell River.
You may also choose to have a small dry sack (the soft ones such as Sea to Summit) in which to stow a towel and swim across with it, or pre-stow it in/on your boat on the opposite bank when you drop your kayak. You can then dry off some on the other side.
Paddle at a moderate exertion to start with – that will warm you up. We suggest that those worried about the swim need to understand that you will likely get wet in the boat. So you do need to be prepared for the water, regardless of the swim.
First Place Male
First Place Female
Second Place Male
Second Place Female
Bag drop and race pack collection opens
Bag drop and race pack collection closes
Adventure Race briefing
22km & 55km Trail Run briefing
Adventure Race starts
Ultra 55km Trail Run starts
Bus departs for Angusvale 22km Trail Run start line
22km Trail Run start
Online registrations will be opening soon.