With December fast approaching, training time is running out for competitors signed up to the 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge – returning to the summer adventure calendar after a three-year hiatus.
Australian Formula One racing driver Webber doesn't just lend his name to the exciting event – he participates alongside all the other enthusiastic teams of two.
In the 2008 running of the event he broke his leg, but there has never been any doubt about his desire to return to the spectacular backdrop of Tasmania's diverse and rugged landscape for another attempt.
"There were a lot of people that wanted to take the event to other parts of Australia, and overseas, but Tasmania is where it started and I think it’s very important to keep it here," Webber says.
The challenge is an intense, five-day, multi-discipline race across 350 km of terrain through some of the island state's truly unique and remarkable locations.
Competitors will run, trek, mountain bike and kayak their way along pristine beaches and among renowned wilderness regions – with brief opportunities to relax at the end of each day and take in the breathtaking scenery from their campsites.
This year's competition will take place from Wednesday December 7 to Sunday December 11 and is set to raise significant funds for the Mark Webber Foundation, which supports a number of Australian charities.
Webber says the event it is not exclusive to elite athletes, with inexperienced adventurers capable of turning up and surprising themselves by completing the entire course.
"For many of them it's been a life-changing experience and it's great to see them having a go," he says.
Once again Tasmania will showcase its stunning natural beauty and friendly hospitality to visitors from all over mainland Australia.