There's a place just outside Hobart.....where lush green valleys roll, dams gently ripple and Tasmanian devils can be caught scurrying across open plains. Out there, there's also a fella named Linsday White. He's not your average Bob and recently he's turned his 400 acres of Tasmanian countryside into a rip-roaring adventure playground complete with eight-metre high slippery slide.
Come November 2, there'll be thousands of local, interstate and overseas mud-loving folk putting a grubby shoe up to the starting line of Tasmania's first Raw Challenge. We've all heard about these nutty mud races, or have a mate whose talked of their heroic feats as a Tough Mudder survivor. Well perhaps now it's your turn...
Linsday has been out on his excavator making sure that this eight kilometre course has the most obnoxiously fun obstacles. There are more than 30 of them boasting names like Slip and Slide, Rope Trapeze, Fisherman's Catch, Tight Squeeze and some curious one named Rope Wrangler. He's used timber off the land, man-made and natural obstacles and done a bloody good job of his giant playground. Meet him and you'll understand why....he's a grown up sized kid.
You can take on the course as an individual, or gather up some team members to help you through. You can even join Social Wave, where at 11am or 2pm you can meet up with some friendly strangers and join them on the course.....you'll no doubt become close buddies once covered in mud.
There's slippery paths to tackle and watery moats to cross...
There's large open spaces to catch your breath and soak up the Tassie landscape just 40 minutes from central Hobart....
Some competitors will go head first into any challenge....these are usually the ones better to have team member support.
And this is one of the most important aspects of Raw Challenge - helping out your mates. There's a strong sense of comrad-ship that overshadows any intention of crossing the line first. In fact, some competitors will be vying for the award of 'most ridiculous outfit' so if you're fitness levels aren't up to scratch by Nov 2, that's not a worry, put on a giraffe onesie and get muddy.
For those that conquer the lows and highs of the challenge, there will also be much frivolity on the day including live music, kids fun, fitness challenges and demonstrations, and of course camping for those that want to fall into a swag at the end of the day.
If it all sounds like far too much fun, I'd click here right away and commit to getting a muddy smile across that face of yours. You can choose your start time, but they're filling up fast so gather some friends and hop online to book as teams get discounts also! Lindsay will be thrilled to see you.
For more information contact:
RedBanks Fish & Field
Address: 276 Masons Road, Nugent, Tasmania 7172
Call: +613 6257 5162
*Words and images: Alice Hansen
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