Aussies Win Tri Nations Cup

Windy, wet and slippery conditions welcomed 1,800 adventure racers last Sunday as they gathered together underneath the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse all geared up to take on Race Two of Augusta Anaconda Adventure Race National Series, regarded as the world’s largest adventure race.

The news article “Aussies steal Tri Nations Cup, Kiwis take solo glory in Augusta Anaconda race” has full details on this story. It says: “Major awards included the Tri-Nations Trophy, won by Australian team Jarad Kohlar, James Pretto and Deanna Blegg with a time of 12:38:50, and the individual Men’s and Women’s titles, won by New Zealander Braden Currie and Victorian Deanna Blegg. Local contestants did Augusta and surrounding towns proud with their high spirits and solid efforts in the race.”

One participant who stood out from the rest for his extra effort and was awarded for it was Margaret River’s Simon Lentjes, who didn’t give up even after his paddle broke in half in the paddle race. Lentjes said that he was absolutely determined to continue the race as he was able to see the finishing line and his team member, Deb, waiting for him so that she could start the bicycle riding component.

Together with another team member, Jock, they participated in the Mixed 4 category, with Lentjes taking on the paddle as well as running components.

“I couldn’t let Deb down,” Lentjes said after the race, adding, “The funny this is that I was passing two girls who called out, ‘No, you can’t pass us! You can’t do that!’ I’ve been stand up paddle boarding for years, so that helped.”

Lentjes joked that he would spend the endurance award voucher of $500 to buy a new paddle.

Deb displayed another type of commendable energy as she stopped halfway through the bike ride to assist somebody who had fallen down.

Lentjes noted, “A girl had fallen off and hit her head on a rock. She later went to Bunbury Hospital. Deb stopped and helped her for 20 minutes.”

Deb talked about a number of locals who impressed her during Anaconda Race. She noted that Fi Carroll, Mandy Lane, Julie McDonald and Lude Lentjes were excited to win third place in Anaconda Women’s teams division. Other names she mentioned included Kristi Head, Bob Bucat and Charlie O’Burn.

Speaking of her own race experience, Deb said that the experience was “addictive”.

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