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Webber looks to future after Challenge success

  • December 05, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Mark Webber has revealed his Tasmania Challenge will take a sabbatical next year to allow him time to work with the organisers to develop a new concept set to expand the event’s position as a premium adventure race in 2015. [...]

Another successful Challenge done and dusted

  • December 04, 2013
  • By Rob Fairs
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The 2013 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge has come to an end. There was some blood, sweat and tears over the five days, but all the competitors agree it was an unforgettable experience. Here's a look back at how each day unfolded. [...]

Mark Webber Challenge takes over Hobart on final race day

  • December 01, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Day 5 – Hobart, TASMANIA – The fifth and final day of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge took over the city and outskirts of Hobart today. The morning started with a run along Mt Wellington summit and finished by the water in Hobart’s dock area.
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Tough and rough Day 4 on sunny Mt Field

  • November 30, 2013
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Day 4 – Mt Field, TASMANIA – The sun came out to play on Day 4 of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge which started with a steep 16km uphill mountain bike ride to the top of Mt Field and ended with a 11km paddle down Derwent River. [...]

Competitors battle cold weahter and choppy seas on Day 3

  • November 29, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Day 3 – Strahan, TASMANIA – Today’s Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge took place in Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania and the wild and rugged terrain lived up to its reputation with strong winds and cold weather challenging the hardest of adventure racers and Olympians alike. [...]

Day 2 and competitors find their groove

  • November 28, 2013
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Day 2 – Cradle Mountain, TASMANIA – The two New Zealanders, Richard Ussher and Braden Currie crossed the finish line first again on day two of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. After a fairly eventful day yesterday with course navigation, Ussher and Currie had a much easier run today with only a small mishap along the way. [...]

Day 1 of the Mark Webber adventure race proves challenging for elite competitors

  • November 27, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Mole Creek, TAS – Day 1 – The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge kicked off in Tassie’s Mole Creek today and there was plenty of action right from the start challenging the most elite competitors. [...]

Webber Tasmania Challenge hits 10th anniversary

  • November 26, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will mark its 10th anniversary by returning to the region where it first began – and the F1 driver believes tough terrain will make it a real challenge for even the best competitors. [...]

MARK WEBBER – Q&A on life after F1

  • November 26, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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After waving goodbye to the F1 paddock, Mark Webber look towards the next chapter of his racing career while keeping one eye on his charity adventure event the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge.

In this interview, Mark explains how he plans to fill the F1 void – with racing, charity and adventure...
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Meet Team Spirit: Layne Beachley, Emma Snowsill and Nikki Fogden-Moore

  • November 24, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Layne Beachley. Emma Snowsill. Nikki Fogden-Moore. This powerhouse of women may not have any experience in adventure racing but they have prepared to take on the Challenge with a smile and a can-do attitude, ready to do their best.

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2013 Challenge competitor field is the toughest yet

  • November 20, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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A formidable field of ex-Olympians and top-class adventure racers will make this year’s 10th anniversary Mark Webber Challenge the toughest in the event’s history – according to the reigning champions. [...]

Mark Webber Foundation sets up leadership challenge for youth justice kids

  • November 14, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is set to inspire and support young people in the youth justice system to become future industry leaders through a new scholarship programme with the Whitelion charity. [...]

Meet Team Red Bull: Q&A with Courtney Atkinson and Kenny Wallace

  • November 14, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Olympians Courtney Atkinson and Kenny Wallace return to the SMWTChallenge in 2013 ready to take on the top teams of the Elite Pairs. [...]

Meet Team Outer Limits: Q&A with Mitch Evans and Sam Stedman

  • November 14, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Take one GP2 Series driver and one multi-sport athlete and you have Team Outer Limits. These two take on each other and the SMWTChallenge for the first time, here’s how Mitch and Sam are going to tackle the Challenge. [...]

Explore Cradle Mountain country with this three-day itinerary

  • November 14, 2013
  • By Tourism Tasmania
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This year the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is set to explore Tasmania’s West and North West. Buckle up for a road trip of a lifetime, touring through (and behind) some of the world’s best scenery with this three-day itinerary through Cradle Country. [...]

Exploring the Tassie Derwent Valley region

  • October 24, 2013
  • By Tourism Tasmania
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This year the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is set to explore Derwent Valley region. We have put together a five-day journey that takes you through some of the wonders of this region, its high country and spectacular wilderness and it all starts just one hour from Hobart! [...]

SMWTChallenge course designers take over Falls Creek Mountain this summer

  • October 24, 2013
  • By Rapid Ascent
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Rapid Ascent, the course designers of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, are set to take over the mountain at Falls Creek this summer with the inaugural Falls Creek Mountain Raid, a two-day navigational adventure race on 15-16 February 2014. SMWTChallenge Enthusiast Pairs winners will also receive free entry into the event! [...]

Mark Webber Foundation helps deliver hope to Tassie Devil

  • October 24, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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The battle to prevent the demise of the endangered Tasmanian Devil has received a major boost this year after two key breakthroughs were made thanks to continued support from funds raised by the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge for the Mark Webber Foundation. [...]

Training tips for adventure racers: Kayaking

  • October 24, 2013
  • By Rapid Ascent
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The single biggest deterrent for would-be adventure races is their lack of confidence and experience in kayaking. This is understandable for athletes and weekend warriors who are proficient at running and riding but have little or no experience kayaking. [...]

Mark not heading to Tassie for 2013 Challenge

  • October 04, 2013
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Due to team commitments, Mark Webber regrettably won't be attending or participating in this year's Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge ( SMWTC). The SMWTC follows closely on the heels of the Formula One race calendar and in previous years, Mark has flown straight to Tasmania from the last race of the F1 season in Brazil, but this year, this won't be possible because of a heavy post season schedule. [...]

Plan your own Tassie adventure

  • October 03, 2013
  • By Tourism Tasmania
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Adventure experiences in Tasmania can be likened to the spectacular landscape of the island- unspoiled and deeply personal. With one of the last great temperate wilderness areas on Earth, Tasmania is a huge outdoor playground. The island offers a fiercely diverse environment, from sweeping beaches to alpine tarns and ancient rainforests.
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Meet Team Rexona: Q&A with Guy Andrews and Ben Allen

  • October 03, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Get to know Team Rexona: The tale of two athletes. Guy Andrews, Aussie stuntman, Ironman champion and SMWTChallenge veteran. Ben Allen, Aussie off-road triathlete and SMWTChallenge rookie. These two are ready to smell sweet success! [...]

Meet Team Pure Tasmania: Q&A with Mark Padgett and Mark Hinder

  • October 03, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Get to know Team Pure Tasmania: Tassie based adventure racers, Mark Padgett and Mark Hinder are no strangers to the Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge as this year will be their third straight year competing as a team. Mark and Mark have got what it takes to win, they stood on the top step of the podium in 2011 and in 2013, they are keen to get back there. [...]

A preview of the 2013 Challenge course

  • October 03, 2013
  • By Sam Maffatt
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The 2013 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge course is as action-packed as ever! Not only will the 2013 course push competitors to the edge, it will take us to the very edge of some incredible wilderness areas in Tasmania’s wild west. [...]

Experience the beautiful Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

  • August 27, 2013
  • By Tourism Tasmania
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is visiting a very special place in 2013. Returning to where it all began back in 2003, competitors will have the chance to experience the superbly wild and tantalising remote Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, an unforgettable experience and a legacy of the last great wildernesses on earth. [...]

Meet Team Tasmania: Q&A with Richard and Braden

  • August 27, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Get to know Team Tasmania: New Zealand adventure racers, Richard Ussher and Braden Currie finished second in last year’s race and this year they want to go one better. They’re going to do this by avoiding flat tyres, sinking kayaks and stomach bugs.
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Training for a 6km run

  • August 27, 2013
  • By SAM MAFFETT
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The Adventure Run allows you to be a part of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge without needing the endurance to compete in the full 5-day adventure race. So how fit do you need to be to participate in the Adventure Run and if you have never done anything like it then how do you prepare for a 6.5km run like this? [...]

Meet Team Swisse: Q&A with Jarad and James

  • July 07, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Get to know Team Swisse: Last year's Challenge winners, Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto, will be back this year to defend their title. The boys took a break from their hectic training schedule to answer some questions and share their winning strategy.
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The extras list

  • July 07, 2013
  • By John Jacoby
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Course director, John Jacoby shares with us what he calls 'peripheral preparation' or 'the extras list', all those little things that make a difference to help adventure racers have a successful race. Being well prepared is the key, John has listed the some of the most important items that should be on every adventure racers list. [...]

Q&A with course director John Jacoby

  • May 28, 2013
  • By SMWTC
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Adventure man, John Jacoby, has been responsible for designing the grueling Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge course for the past few years. We sat down with John and asked him what it takes to put a 5-day adventure course together that pushes competitors to their limits and keeps them coming back for more. [...]

Go behind the scenery in the North-West of Tasmania

  • May 28, 2013
  • By Tourism Tasmania
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We have put together a seven-day adventure guide that takes you through some of the wonders of the North West region, from the Tarkine rainforest to the Gordon River, the coast with all its charms to the beauty of Cradle Mountain. [...]

Webber rapt with success of his Challenge

  • December 06, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Formula 1 driver, Mark Webber, has rated the Tasmanian adventure race that carries his name as his best yet.

The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge was held on the island Australian state from November 28 to December 2, and attracted a record 40 teams, including some of the world's best adventure racers as well as Olympians and other high profile athletes. [...]

Day Five, Mt Wellington to the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart

  • December 02, 2012
  • By Ian Chestermann
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The final day of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge in 2012 will be held in Hobart, recently named as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit by the influential Lonely Planet. [...]

Swisse Active take Webber Challenge title

  • December 02, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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After 350 competitive kilometres in the Tasmanian wilderness, Victorians Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto, have won the gruelling Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, which finished in Hobart today. [...]

Hundreds contest Webber charity run

  • December 02, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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The 2012 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge Adventure Run attracted over 400 participants who got the opportunity to run beside the Formula 1 star. [...]

Day 4 at Bay Of Fires

  • December 01, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Day four of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge moves to the magnificent Bay of Fires region, recognised around the world for its stunning scenery and beaches. [...]

Victorians tighten grip on Webber Challenge

  • December 01, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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The Swisse Active team of Victorians Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto had taken command of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge adventure race after the fourth day of competition on the state’s north east coast. [...]

Day 3 on Tasmania's East coast

  • November 30, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Day three of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge sees the athletes on the state’s East Coast, taking in the Scamander and St Mary’s regions. [...]

Victorians extend lead as F1 star Webber joins the action

  • November 30, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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As Australian Formula 1 star, Mark Webber, took to the rugged trails and costal waters on the East Coast of Tasmania, the battle for the lead of his adventure race, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, has continued. [...]

Day two on Ben Lomond

  • November 29, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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The second day of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge takes the field east of the historical northern city of Launceston to the Ben Lomond region. [...]

Webber arrives in Tasmania for his own Challenge

  • November 29, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Australian Formula 1 star, Mark Webber, has arrived in Tasmania for the multi-sport adventure race that carries his name. [...]

Formula 1 star arrives as epic battle heats up

  • November 29, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Australian Formula 1 star, Mark Webber, has arrived in Tasmania for the multi-sport adventure race that carries his name. [...]

Victorians lead Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge after Day 1

  • November 28, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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Two Victorians, Jarad Kohlar and James Pretto, have taken the early lead on the opening day of the five-day Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. [...]

Launceston hosts day one of Swisse Mark Webber Challenge

  • November 27, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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The opening day of the Swisse Mark Webber Challenge is set in the beautiful city of Launceston, the state's second major population centre and the country's third oldest city.
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Star-studded field ready for Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge

  • November 27, 2012
  • By Peter Whitten
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge gets underway in Launceston tomorrow, with a star-studded field of Olympians, sporting identities and world champion adventure racers ready to tackle the multi-sport enduro. [...]

Roo legends Challenge bound with sporting Pulse Team

  • November 23, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is known by many as one of the toughest players in the AFL's history, remembered as a fearless and ruthless competitor, but even the veteran of 311 games admits to being slightly daunted by the prospect of once again competing in an annual Tasmanian adventure charity event. [...]

World Champions Join Webber Challenge

  • October 22, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Two of the world's best adventure racers, Jacky Boisset and Mimi Guillot, will take part in the Elite Pairs competition at the 2012 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge.
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Webber Out To Help Save Animal From Extinction

  • July 10, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Formula 1 star, Mark Webber, has again thrown his support behind the battle to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction. [...]

Prize Money Lure for World's Best

  • June 25, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Mark Webber's adventure race, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, will offer prize money for the first time in 2012, adding an additional lure for the world's best to come to Tasmania for the five-day enduro. [...]

Webber to compete in Tasmania in 2012

  • January 24, 2012
  • By Ian Chesterman
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The 2012 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will start in Launceston on November 28, with the Formula 1 star heading straight from the final round of the season in Brazil to the island state to pursue his passion for adventure racing. [...]

Webber delighted by successful Challenge return

  • December 12, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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Mark Webber is confident the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge can go from strength to strength after the returning multisport charity event came to a successful conclusion in Hobart on Sunday. [...]

Iron House secure local glory in Webber Challenge

  • December 11, 2011
  • By Ian Chesterman
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The Team Iron House combination of Tasmanian Mark Padgett and Hobart-based Brit Mark Hinder have taken the 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge title after leading the adventure race for most of the five days of competition. [...]

Tasmanian team takes iron grip on Webber title

  • December 10, 2011
  • By Ian Chesterman
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Team Iron House, consisting of two top Tasmanian adventure athletes, Mark Padgett and Mark Hinder, have moved a step closer to victory in the Swisse Mark Webber Challenge after a dominant day in the Hartz Mountains south of Hobart. [...]

Webber's team in good hands making giant strides

  • December 09, 2011
  • By SMWTC media unit
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Mark Webber might be in India and following the action from afar, but his Team Tasmania, now consisting of ironman great Guy Andrews and triathlete Darren Clarke, were the big movers on the third day of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. [...]

Day Three: Location Description - Bruny Island

  • December 09, 2011
  • By SMWTC media unit
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge moves further south for a blast around Bruny Island on day three, with competitors taking on a whistle-stop tour of some of Tasmaniaʼs most beautiful, pristine and wild beaches and rich enchanted forests.
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Webber departs, Kelly stranded with no rubber

  • December 08, 2011
  • By SMWTC media unit
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While F1 ace Mark Webber waved the field goodbye this morning and headed off to fulfill his Formula One commitments overseas, fellow motorsport ace, V8 Supercars driver Rick Kelly and the rest of the field, steeled themselves for a second day of his gruelling charity adventure run, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. [...]

Day One: Location Description - The Freycinet Peninsula

  • December 07, 2011
  • By SMWTC media unit
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The opening day of this year's Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will see competitors racing around the breathtaking coastline and hills of the Freycinet Peninsula, with a sheer cliff abseil offering the adrenaline 'high' of the day. [...]

Webber thrives back in the bush

  • December 07, 2011
  • By SMWTC media unit
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Mark Webber left the high-octane world of Formula One far behind today as he tackled the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge in the pristine Freycinet National Park on the opening leg of the five-day adventure run.
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Mark Webber takes on different track for Tasmania Challenge event

  • December 05, 2011
  • By Challenge Media Team
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Just ten days after his season-ending victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Mark Webber will swap his Red Bull Racing machine for foot, paddle and pedal power when he joins a 60-strong field of athletes at the start of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge on Wednesday. [...]

One race Webber just happy to finish

  • December 04, 2011
  • By Media team
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmanian Adventure Run was one race that the F1 star didn’t even want to win, but he was glad to make it to the finish and see so many others out on the course tackling the 6.5 kilometre challenge.

Mark Webber crossed the line in his own run in 43rd place in a time of 28 minutes 46 seconds, after spending much of his run talking to the other 234 competitors in the field. [...]

F1 Star Mark Webber reveals new Adventure Run for Challenge event

  • October 10, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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Formula One star Mark Webber has launched a new Adventure Run, giving people the chance to compete alongside him on a 6.5km course through the Hobart area in the build up to his fice day Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge [...]

Top French squad joins

  • September 20, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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Two more top international teams have signed up to compete in this December's Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge after Renault confirmed French outfit Garmin will race for them in the multi-day wilderness adventure [...]

Pirelli adds Italian team

  • September 17, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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Pirelli has announced its competing team for the 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge boasting two of Italy's best elite adventure athletes. [...]

Places filling up

  • August 10, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is set to be the most prestigious event on the multisport calendar this year - and while the limited entries are going fast there are still some places available for an adventure of a lifetime [...]

F1 Driver Webber outlines new Challenge

  • March 22, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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Leading Formula One driver Mark Webber today confirmed the return of the event that carries his name, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, after a three year hiatus, and encouraged international adventure racing enthusiasts to join him in Tasmania for the competition later this year. [...]

Mark Webber talks Challenge

  • March 18, 2011
  • By Will Gray
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The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will return in December 2011 and after the launching the event in Hobart this week the F1 star reveals more about the event. [...]