Mark-Webber-Tasmania-Challe.jpg Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge

It’s not just on the track that Red Bull F1 driver Mark Webber is ultra competitive. Away from the circuit, he gets his kicks from adventure, whether it’s kayaking down white water or abseiling off cliff tops - so much so that he’s created his own multisport adventure race, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. With the latest edition about to kick off on December 7, we crunch the numbers of Webber’s wild race…

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The number of adventures Webber has organised in Tasmania so far. It all started with a 1,000km-long trip with some of his regular and more high-profile mates back in 2003 and continued with three official multisport races between 2006-2008. After a short break, the event is back for at least the next three years, with five-day, three-day and one-day categories.

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The length of the Mark Webber Adventure Run, a mass participation event that takes place on the Sunday before this year’s Challenge to add to the funds raised for the Mark Webber Foundation.

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The number of people set to enter this year’s Challenge, including a large number of national teams as well as international athletes from France and Italy. Webber will be at the start of the event and a series of different celebrities – who will be named soon – will also be racing throughout the five days.

350+...

The distance in kilometres that competitors will cover on kayak, bike and foot during this year’s Challenge. The course takes in the five locations of Freycinet Peninsula, the Tasman Peninsula, Bruny Island, the Hartz Mountains and Hobart, with the final day a race around the city to reach as many checkpoints as possible in the allotted time.

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The amount of carbohydrates in grammes an average competitor will need to consume each day to get through this year’s event. Carbs fuel the muscles, central nervous system and brain and, for this kind of endurance sport, a daily intake of 7-10g per kg of body mass is recommended.

1,000,000+...

The amount in Australian dollars that Webber’s adventuring has raised for the Mark Webber Foundation so far, with funds going towards selected animal and kids charities in Australia. This year’s event will raise funds for several charities, including the Save The Tassie Devil appeal.

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The number of teams competing in the event. On top of that there are 12 people in the one-day event, making it 68 racers in total. There will be 23 two-person teams in the main Van Diemen Cup 5-day event, 5 two-person teams in the three-day Ambassador's Cup category and 12 individuals taking on the one-day Challenger Cup.

 

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