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Posted By: Matt Meadows  |  12 Oct 2011   |  4:03 pm GMT  |  23 comments

If you live in Australia here’s an opportunity for you to race Mark Webber and raise some money for good causes at the same time.

As a warm up for his gruelling Tasmania Challenge event, Webber is offering all levels of runners the chance to compete against him in a sponsored “Adventure Run” around the Hobart waterfront in Tasmania. The run will take place on December 4th in aid of the Mark Webber Foundation and Save the Tasmanian Devil foundation.

The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge Adventure Run is being held three days prior to the main event; a tough five-day trek throughout Tasmania in which Mark broke his leg in 2008. The 6.5km “run” is primarily for amateur runners and walkers that would like a taster of the main trek, albeit in a more relaxed and fun environment.

As the main event may seem too much for many people, Mark and his fellow organisers decided to launch the accessible-for-all version of the competition. “This is a run designed for everyone and it’s a great opportunity for people to come to Tasmania, get involved and join in the fun,” said Webber in the events press release.

The Tasmanian Challenge began in 2003, however it was not put under Webber’s name until 2006. Both the five-day trek and the “adventure run” are charitable events aimed at supporting young Australians with life threatening illnesses as well as raising funds for environmental conservation.

If you would like to take this opportunity to compete against (or beat!) a multiple Grand Prix winner and one of the fittest men in F1 then all you have to do is sign up HERE . Here you will be able to access further information regarding the event. Good luck to all that enter the event and raise money for two very good causes.

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  1. I live in Launceston and as much as I’d love to meet Mark Webber, I don’t think I could justify the two hour drive to Hobart just to give myself a heart attack from trying to run that distance! I could however, drive down and then try and get a photo with him and an autograph…

    1. James Allen says:

      Please do… and send it in to me..

    2. KerbRider says:

      I live in Devonport, 3 hour drive for me, but i will be trying to do exactly what you are doing Damon.
      And James, if i get the pic, i’ll send it on.

      1. James Allen says:

        Definitely. Please send in as many pics as possible and get friends to do likewise

  2. Rich In Norway says:

    Hi James!

    Sorry off topic. Any news on the BBC/Sky deal? Everyone is extremely quiet about it.

    Have you got any inside knowledge of whats going on…

    Thanks in advance,
    Rich

  3. Jimmi C says:

    …and there’s me thinking Vettel had joined Ferrari and RBR were hosting X-Factor style tryouts…

    Darn

    (I’m sure this won’t be the first or last comment of this nature!)

  4. Tom says:

    Are other F1 drivers going to take part?

  5. Davexxx says:

    Now is this where everyone starts complaining “Why is it only for those in Australia?! Why can’t >I< take part?!!"
    Good on ya Mark! Good Stuff!

    1. AndyFov says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing. :)

      My favourite complaints are the ones that come when it’s announced that the FOTA Forum will take place in London and for some that’s a bit too far from Milton Keynes.

      1. James Allen says:

        I’ve got a great competition coming up soon for people in Dominican Republic!!

  6. Rohan says:

    Calling that Vettel gets on pole and wins this Race too, while Mark trips at the start and valiantly runs back up the order to finish 4th!

  7. AndyC_F1 says:

    Not sure if anyone else read the excellent article on Mark racing Alain Prost up one of the biggest climbs in professional cycling.

    James, do I remember you are a keen cyclist (perhaps imagined it). The race took place for F1 racing mag I think.

    They finished on the same time, but prost slowed down…

    If only I were based in the right country, of course I’d take him on ;-)

    1. karen says:

      The race didn’t take place “for” F1 Racing, they decided they wanted to race, then invited F1 Racing along. Different.

      It was a superb article. I love how at the end Mark is talking about coming back to beat their time!

      I’m in the same country, but it’s bloody Tasmania!

      1. James Allen says:

        That’s not true. It was Tom Clarkson’s idea to ride the Alpe D’Huez with Webber. Then TC had the idea of inviting Prost along (Webber has always been a fan) and then it became a story for F1 Racing after that.

      2. Andy C says:

        I knew you’d know which peak it was ;-)

        Interesting that Alain took up cycling on his season off. Looked in great shape.

        My father in law is in his mid 60s and recently just won his regionals again. If I had any time I’d love to take up road cycling.

  8. captainj84 says:

    I bet everyone will beat him off the start….

    1. milkboy says:

      harsh. A little bit true this year unfortunately, but still very harsh.

  9. Pete Johnson says:

    On the topic of Webber I noticed the other day that there is a very small town about 15km north of the “Circuit of the Americas” in Texas called “Webberville”. Gotta be some photo opportunities for Red Bull there. Maybe an RB8 cruising up the main street? Donuts in front of the Donut shop?

  10. S Vettel says:

    Please yes, I sign up for racing Herr Webber.
    Thank you please. Should be wunderbar.

    1. Gravelrash says:

      That is 240v…………….shocking

  11. Andy C says:

    Chuckling badly at that one…. ;-)

  12. Rob says:

    This guy is pure class

    How many F1 drivers make themselves this accessible?

    The only other driver I can think of is Jenson running in triathalons and marathons…

    Good on ya Mark, makes me feel like flying down from Sydney for the day!!!

  13. JohnBt says:

    Good on ya Mark. Been to Tasmania once – beautiful country.

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