People from around Australia of varying fitness levels came together yesterday (December 4) to participate in the inaugural Mark Webber Adventure Run in Hobart, with the event proving to be a huge success.
On a cool summer's day 233 competitors took to the streets to test themselves on the 6.5 km course from Henry Jones Hotel, over the Queens Domain and back again.
While organisers were relatively pleased with the turnout, they believed that up to double the number of participants may have entered on a sunny day.
Webber was there to mingle with other runners and complete the journey as well, but the winner of last week's Brazilian Grand Prix said he had no intention of trying to finish the race first.
"No, but it was good to see everyone out here enjoying it and that's what it's all about," he told The Mercury.
"It was a nice run over the Domain and through the memorial area for servicemen up there as well, which was inspirational."
A focus on fun, fitness and camaraderie was the order of the day, with Webber saying there was plenty of friendly banter among the heavy breathing out on the course.
"We were talking about the season and people were asking me about the F1 racing," he said.
"The atmosphere was great and to see families and people of all different levels coming out and having a crack, it was very good."
Webber is due to take part in a promotional photo shoot in Hobart this morning, before flying by helicopter to Freycinet to meet the athletes who have signed up for the 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge – a five-day adventure race for charity.
Celebrities such as Bathurst 1000 champion Rick Kelly, Olympic gold medal kayaker Ken Wallace and AFL legend Glenn Archer will take part in the challenge along with a host of other determined athletes.