Falls throws up fog, rain and a few surprises

FOG and rain couldn’t stop the more than 200 athletes in Falls Creek’s first major adventure race at the weekend.

Team Peak Adventure-Macpac — that included experienced racers Jarad Kohlar, Paul Patrick, Rob Preston, and Liz Dornom — dominated both days of the navigational races.

Wodonga father and daughter Peter and Ella Maclean were the first male and female across the line in the eight- kilometre trail run on Sunday.

Falls Creek marketing manager Jo Prothero said 30 teams of four went head to head in the Mountain Raid Adventure Race, navigating their way around a two-day, two-stage race which included trail running, mountain biking, paddling on Rocky Valley Lake, and a few stage surprises along the way.

“The actual course was kept secret from competitors until the night before each race day where teams of four were provided a map to navigate themselves around the Falls Creek terrain, collecting check-points along the way,” she said.

Noted adventure racer Kohlar said it was simply fantastic.

“Most of the course was above the tree and ridge line, so it made for some great views across the valley,” he said.

“Everyone raced really well together, especially Liz and Paul who were doing their first navigational race; so I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

Winner of the 14-kilomtre trail run was Andrew Mock of Northcote who held off former Australian cross-country skier Ben Derrick.

“I went as hard as I could, it is a unique event and one that will grow in reputation and popularity in the coming years,” Derrick said.

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