Adventure Race comes to Fingal Bay Port Stephens Sport Property/Sports/Opinion - popup ad Sport by News Of The Area - Modern Media - October 3, 2023 Victorian duo Bec Shaw and Scott Gavens came to race in Port Stephens last year. ON Sunday 22 October, droves of intrepid competitors will head to Port Stephens for the Fingal Bay Sprint Series Adventure Race. Teams of two will be giving it their all in a race that features running, mountain biking and kayaking elements. Sponsored by Port Stephens Council, the race’s Full Course consists of a 5-7 kilometre (km) run, a 15-17 km mountain bike and a 5 km kayak. The Novice Course consists of a 3 km run, 10 km mountain bike and a 2 km kayak. Event Coordinator Maria Plyashechko started this event in Victoria in 2012 and decided to bring it to Port Stephens two years ago. “Last year we had 100 racers, and so far we have already had more people register for this year. “It is great to see the event growing,” said Maria. If you wish to race and do not have a partner keen to join, Maria said “you can contact us and we can link you up with someone else,” or post on local Facebook community groups. “It is also very popular to volunteer as a helper for your first year if you can not find a partner, which is also a great way of meeting people for the next event,” said Maria. Apart from the physical health benefits of the race, Maria said, “It is a great day spent with like minded people, and a great experience in a beautiful natural environment consisting of a bunch of checkpoints, not a marked out race track.” The race will kick off at 9:00AM in Fingal Bay but the course will be kept secret until the morning of the event. Early Bird tickets cost $99 and regular tickets are $119. Kayaking gear is included with the entry fee. Register online at adventuresprint.com.au. Contact Maria on 0466968184. By Pat JENSEN Teams paddling across to Shark Island last year. Dad and daughter team Zoe and Mark Webb.