Australian formula 1 driver Mark Webber along with other top athletes will take part in a week long adventure race in Tasmania, Australia between November 17th-24th. Dubbed the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, it’s being held to raise funds for cancer charities, including the appeal to bring the Tasmanian Devil back from the brink of extinction.
The event is a seven-day race on foot, bike and by kayak covering 300 miles through Tasmania’s most challenging terrain. This year’s challenge will be the first year that has included a non-professional competitor – Justin Goulding from Manchester, UK. Goulding’s participation is being sponsored by UK tour operator TravelMood.
Other competitors include Alex Waters, the British F3000 racing driver who is himself in remission from cancer; Olympians Tatiana Grigorieva (pole vaulter), Michael Klim (swimmer), and James Tomkins (rower); and two of the world’s best adventure racers, Kiwi Richard Ussher and Guy Andrews.
Several non-professional teams will be competing for the first time this year from Cadbury Schweppes, Lonely Planet, Royal Bank of Scotland and Telstra.