The final EVENT PROGRAM for Augusta Adventure Fest is now available and is essential reading for all competitors with schedule, course details, maps and more. Read it here.
The ultimate Augusta Adventure Race returns to its ‘original’ format as a continuous adventure race AND brings back the most iconic features of years gone by to create the best of the best course for our grand finale.
Starting with the crashing waves at the base of the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and following an adventure trail like no other, we’ve SAVED THE BEST UNTIL LAST to make sure this an unforgettable race for everyone.
The course may be completed by solo individuals doing the whole thing or by relay teams with up to 4 members doing one leg each.
12.5km Coastal Run
The race kicks into action in surely one of the most spectacular start lines possible – with all runners gathered on a massive rock slab under the iconic Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. Surrounded by the power of the Southern and Indian Oceans and cheered on by a thousand spectators, this start line is something to behold!
Runners start by heading up the rugged West Coast in a rock running frenzy before crossing to the Southern side of the peninsula for an enthralling mixture of picturesque sandy beaches and defiant rocky headlands on your way back towards Flinders Bay. Cross the road for a quick circuit inland on a flowing 4WD track and then you’re into the Flinders Bay transition area ready for more.
2km Ocean Swim
Leaving the cheering mass of spectators at Flinders Bay behind, swimmers dive into the water and enjoy a beautiful ocean swim in the protected waters of Flinders Bay.
Running into the crystal clear waters, swimmers first head into the more open water of the bay before turning left to traverse the bay and then enter the reef system closer to shore. With the reef on your right and the beach on your left just 100m away, swimmers can enjoy some well protected water kept interesting with friendly fish and marine life hugging the shore.
Swimmers exit the water adjacent Deere Street and then run ~800m along the beach through the river mouth and into the transition area on the grass at Colourpatch ready for the next leg.
12.5km Inlet and Ocean Paddle
With the huge crowd of spectators cheering you on, paddlers climb aboard their vessel and then paddle a short way north around a turn buoy and then out through the river mouth and into the protected waters of Flinders Bay. There may be a small shorebreak at the river mouth itself so build up plenty of speed to punch through the waves and then carry it forward as you paddle past the Flinders Bay boat ramp and the Augusta Marina to the turnaround point 100m off-shore at ‘Dead Finish’.
Doing a U-turn around the buoys paddlers re-trace their strokes whilst picking up small runners and training waves that’ll propel you back across the bay and in through the river mouth to return your boat to the grassy TA at Colourpatch.
28.5km Mountain Bike
Team paddlers hand over to your team rider whilst individuals do a quick gear change and then it’s onto the mountain bike for a fast and furious ride through the forest.
Mountain bikes get up to speed on some bitumen before hitting some fun 4WD tracks through the local bushland that surrounds Augusta. After hitting a few rollers and skirting plenty of gum nuts on the flatter sections of the course, riders will soon max out at the 8km pt where the course tackles a solid (and sometimes sandy) climb up to the Telstra Tower on the ridge line.
From here on its back to some fast and furious riding as you career through the Karri trees on a mix of 2WD dirt roads, single track and double track on a ride with plenty of variety.
Crossing back over Cape Leeuwin Rd and racing through the streets a final time, riders return to the bike TA on Albany Terrace where team riders meet up with their team mates and solos power on for the final team run to the finish.
400m Final Run / Team Run
All team mates reconvene and head off together whilst individuals continue for the final 400m along Albany Tce with only the finish in your sights. There will be endless high 5’s from the crowd on either side and your smiles of joy will widen even further as you turn into the finish chute and cross under the arch to complete your epic adventure.
Well done! Mission accomplished!
This is the planned course for the 2019 event. Some changes may be made pending weather conditions on the day.