The longest ever Formula 1 season may have only just finished but Mark Webber is already primed for his next challenge at his annual endurance event in Tasmania, which begins today.
The charity challenge, which has been held since 2003, puts competitors through five days of multi-disciplined events covering 217 miles across some of the island’s stunning scenery and historic surroundings.
Although he suffered a broken leg in the 2008 event, Red Bull’s Webber continues to take part and for the first time the end of the main race will coincide with a somewhat less gruelling 6.5km ‘Adventure run’ on Sunday, which attracted over 200 additional participants last year.
Webber is hoping even more local people turn out for the final-day run this year and take advantage of taking in some of the amazing sights.
“Having the two events finish together should create a real buzz down on the edge of the famous Hobart Constitution Dock,” Webber said.
“Last year the Adventure Run was a huge hit, and I’m really confident that we’ll get an even bigger turn up this year.
“I encourage families, in particular, to come down and join in. It’s a really great course, challenging but not too hard, taking in some of the city’s prime viewing spots. It gives everyone, young and old, the chance to join in the spirit of the five-day race without the need to be an endurance athlete.
“But just like with the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, everyone who competes will help to raise money for charity.”