Frequently Asked Questions

Forster Adventure Race

When and Where?
7am, Saturday 7th May 2016, Elizabeth Beach in Pacific Palms.

What is the course?
The course offers something for everyone! 1.5km ocean swim in the crystal clear waters off Pacific Palms between Shelly and Elizabeth Beaches. An 18km cross country run along beaches, around rugged escarpments, across lakes and through forests to finish at Bungwahl.  A 29km mountain bike ride through the Wallingat National Park with a sweet mix of rolling trails, creek crossings and single track to the small lakeside township of Coomba. A 16km paddle on the pristine Wallis Lake, around islands and past our famous oyster leases to Tuncurry. A 2.5km run across the renowned bridge between Forster and Tuncurry to finish on Main Beach in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.

Will the course be marked?
This style of adventure racing involves course markings. However, you will need to have your wits about you as these will only be small arrows. There are no kilometre markings but we will have marshals on critical parts of the course. We want you to be safe while having a great big adventure!

Will there be any aid stations on the course?
You need to be self sufficient for ForsterAR. There are no aid stations on the course. There is a mandatory gear for each leg and this includes the capacity to take water and supplies.

Will I need a support crew?
ForsterAR is a supported race. So – Yes! – You will need to find some hardy souls, very good friends or people as crazy as you to move your gear around the course, meet you at TA’s, prepare food for you and cheer you on. If you are in a team this will be easy as team members not racing can act as support crew. If you are racing solo or as a pair pick these people very carefully as this is a hard job. At the end of the race they will be as tired as you. adventure!

Will I get dirty and/or wet?
Yep – it is an adventure race!

Are there cut-offs?
Yes – but they are very generous. Our goal is to get everyone across the line. For your safety we have created some short course options as a first measure with cut-offs as an absolute last resort.

Can anyone enter?
The Forster Adventure Race is for anyone. You can go solo and smash yourself, race as a pair and test a friendship, or make a team and have a bonding experience.

Junior Spirit

When and where?
3:00pm Saturday 7th May 2016 @ Forster Main Beach.

What is the course?
Starting and finishing on Forster Main Beach, the Junior Spirit will see you tackling obstacles, running through water, scrambling through the bush and exploring. It will take about 45 minutes and there will also be a few surprises on the day!

How much will it cost?
The entry fee is $25 online or $30 on the day and in return kids receive a Junior Spirit Goodies Pack and an afternoon to remember!

How do I enter?
Online or the day ( Saturday 7th May 2016) at Forster Main Beach before 2:00pm. (NB entry on the day is $30)

Do I need any special equipment or skills?
No special equipment or athletic skills are required, just wear clothes that can get wet, a good pair of shoes, bring along a sense of adventure and a smile. Oh yeah – maybe bring a towel and some dry clothes for post race!

Is there a prize for first?
The Junior Spirit is all about fun and participation outdoors. Every racer that crosses the finish line is a winner. There are no category or division prizes.

Adventure Racing

What is Adventure Racing?

Wikipedia description: Adventure racing is a combination of two or more disciplines, including anything from orienteering and navigation, to cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing and related rope skills. An expedition event can span ten days or more while sprints can be completed in a matter of hours; there is typically no dark period during races, irrespective of length, such that competitors must choose if or when to rest.

Adventure racing is often referred to as an ‘off-road triathlon’ as they are competitive events that involve a number of different sports disciples including running, cycling, swimming and kayaking in ‘off-road’ areas. Rather than running on foot paths or cycling on roads, Adventure Races lead competitors down dirt trails, over rocks, through water, along beaches, over mountains and through the wilderness on a real adventure!

Some adventure races include navigation where competitors must find their own way with a map and compass, while others like the Forster Adventure Race go along marked courses where you do not have to navigate.

Distances can range from short distance “Sprint” races which the winner will complete in 4-5 hours, up to multi-day epics where teams of 4 navigate jungles, oceans, mountains and rivers for up to 1,000km and 10 days with minimal sleep!

What is the history of adventure racing?
Adventure racing’s history can be traced back to New Zealand in the 80’s with the Coast to Coast race and the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic or possibly even further back to the 1960’s with the Karrimor Mountain Marathon in Great Britain.

In 1989 however what most people now remember is the Raid Gauloises being held in New Zealand, from this the Southern Traverse was born. Mark Burnett of Survivor, The Apprentice, Are you smarter than a 5th grader, Fame and Hearing of the Raid took the event to the USA, televised it and then bought the rights to it. The first Eco-Challenge was launched in 1995 by Burnett, running until 2002.

Adventure Racing has a world series and championships each year. In 2010 Tasmania hosted the Championships, attracting teams from across the world.

I want to know more.
We recommend you visit the following websites to learn more about adventure racing and find events.


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