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SWIM FOR MS 2015
Team up for this 10-hour
relay challenge to raise
funds for WA people living
with MS, via the Multiple
Sclerosis Society of WA.
Points are awarded to
teams for both dollars
raised and laps swum.
Albany Leisure and Aquatic
Centre, Mar 7.
Watch your boss tough
it out in the CEO Super
Challenge, as the whole
office gets involved in the
triathlon swim, cycle and run
relay, to promote healthy
“Do something every day
that scares you,” says the
pop wisdom of fridge
magnets and Instagram
posts. How does jumping
out of a plane sound?
Rally funds for type 1
diabetes research from
friends – we recommend
approaching both those
with charitable and
sadistic tendencies – then
get ready for the fright of
your life. Careful: the rush
can be addictive.
Busselton, Mar 21.
office culture. Bring on the
Monday morning hilarity.
Charles Court Reserve,
Nedlands, Mar 8.
WEST COAST JET SPRINT
A jet sprint – say what?
Basically, it’s like a rally car
race on water, a typical race
comprising 22 directional
changes on a course made
from channels and islands.
Baldivis, Mar 14, Apr 11,
An Australia-wide comp
with 13 heats sets out
to discover the best surf
grommets around the
country. WA’s wave in Trigg
provides the stage for
future Kelly Slaters.
Trigg Beach, Mar 14-15.
M-town is transformed, as
the Action Sports Games
runs hand-in-hand with
the Crab Fest over this
weekend. Get down for
some wakeboarding and
and watch skaters battle
it out on the largest mini
vertical ramp in WA, in
our state’s only skate/BMX
comp with prize money.
Various locations through
Mandurah, Mar 14-15.
Spartan Race: Sprint Perth 2015
We relish any excuse to yell, “THIS IS SPARTA!” and can think of no better one than this,
an international obstacle race series designed to hone your warrior skills. “The name is
a bit misleading, as the Spartan journey is about self-discovery and self-belief, not just
trying to beat your mates over the line,” says Spartan Race’s Charl Mynhardt. According
to Charl, founder Joe De Sena started the races to remind people of the joy, self-worth
and fun that can come from facing a genuine physical challenge – one that tests speed,
strength, endurance, balance, agility, courage and even memory. “He founded it as
a catalyst for change, so it was never going to be your average mud run,” explains
Charl. The Sprint event held in Perth is like the entree into Spartan life, with a 7km
obstacle course that takes about 90 minutes to complete. After graduating from the
Sprint, runners can up the ante with the doubly long 14km+ Super, and then The Beast,
an “unapologetically harder and more Machiavellian” race with gullies, creeks and
dams. The result? “Wet, muddy, tired racers who cross the finish line with a new sense
of who they are,” says Charl. “It all starts with a single act of courage... signing up.”
Anyone else imagining him steely-eyed and brandishing a sword? Keysbrook, Apr 18.
Escape the crowds with a 4WD adventure You can explore
the colossal dunes in Lancelin, manoeuvre along powerline
tracks through the hills, or find a deserted beach where
you can camp beneath the stars.
NORTH COAST & VALLEYS
Using the town of Gingin, 25km inland, as a starting point,
trek along the edge of the Moore River National Park for
forgotten stock tracks, bush terrain and dune formations.
Beachside 4WDing begins at the vast sand dunes on the
edge of Lancelin – ideal for recreational fun. The adventure
continues north along beaches and dunes to locations such
as Dide Bay, and Wedge and Grey islands before re-joining
the Indian Ocean Drive to Cervantes and the Pinnacles.
Regulations, no-go zones and seasonal and environmental
restrictions apply. Contact DEC Moora (9652 1911) for info.
Whitehills Beach, just 15 minutes from Mandurah, is the
closest place south of Perth to 4WD along the beach. Keep
driving south to see the thrombolites, living fossils easily
viewable from a purpose-built boardwalk: these babies
are among the earliest known life forms on earth! If you’re
headed to Preston Beach there are miles of beach-driving
options leading north to Tim’s Thicket. This stretch of
coastline has terrific fishing and beach 4WD tracks. Camp
at Martins Tank, within the Yalgorup National Park, amid the
peppermint woodland and tuart forest. Dune preservation
is important, so check with the City of Mandurah ranger for
access and condition reports. There are various inland forest
tracks around Dwellingup, Waroona and Lane Poole, perfect
for 4WDing. The Nanga Heritage Circuit winds through
jarrah forest and the river valley by timber tramways, steam
train tracks and trestle bridges. The Captain Fawcett
Commemorative 4x4 Track is an easy to medium-grade
track starting in the Lane Poole Reserve and showcasing
more than 100km of jarrah forests, historic farmhouses and
early settlers’ bridges, plus mountain-bike and bridle trails.
The beauty of 4WDing in the Perth Hills is that you get
some great, rocky terrain (it’s a nice change from sand and
beaches!). There are a fair few rocky outcrops that can be
reached with a 4WD, along tracks that aren’t too daunting
(check the coordinates on a 4WDing website). If you’ve
got some guts about you (and some experience) try the
Mundaring Power Line Track (entry is near Sawyers Valley
Tavern), which is ideal at the times of year when there are
fewer showers and the track is drier and less slippery.
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