F1 driver returns with Tasmania multi-sport challenge

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A major adventure multi-sport event is to return to Tasmania later this year, leading Formula One driver Mark Webber has confirmed.

After a three-year hiatus the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is set to attract adventure racing enthusiasts from around the world to join the Australian driver.

Mr Webber established the five-day event to combine his enthusiasm for Tasmania and the sport of adventure racing.

“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,” he commented.

It will take competitors across some of Tasmania’s most stunning locations and include the disciplines of kayaking, trekking, trail running, climbing and mountain biking.

The course will pass through the Freycinet National Park; wild Bruny Island; the deep forests of the Hartz Mountains; the cliffs, blowholes and caves of the Tasman Peninsula; and the rolling Hobart mountains.

Some of Australia’s biggest international sporting stars have participated in past events, such as tennis champ Pat Rafter, cricketer Steve Waugh, and Olympic medallists Cathy Freeman, James Tomkins and Michael Klim.
Mr Webber wants to see an even bigger field of international stars competing this year.

The 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will be held from December 7th to 11th, with Webber jetting into the state directly from the final round of the Formula One series in Brazil.

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