As flamethrowers kicked off each wave and some sick beats from the DJ, True Grit Australia returned to Kooralbyn QLD this weekend for their second event held at this venue with their trademark high energy and flair.
With much of the 9.3km course taking place on the Kooralbyn mountain bike tracks, racers were treated to beautiful single trails with plenty of elevation changes, military inspired obstacles and plenty of excited vollies to keep racers spirits up while they ran, jumped, climbed and crawled their way around the course.
I ran out for a lap after the elites came over the line Saturday and again for a fun lap on Sunday and I was impressed with the way TG had utilised the area with some short sharp hill sprints followed by little technical bombs downhill, spaced out by obstacles that would either shunt blood out of the legs or fatigue the legs further.
The course ended up a whole lot muddier than it was last year at this venue and that was a direct result of TG listening and responding to feedback from athletes in 2022 that wanted more mud. The unfortunate side effect of this was that the showers weren't quite adequate for the volume of muddy athletes, something TG realised and communicated with me over the weekend. This I'm sure will be resolved next time they send their racers under muddy nets. With great vendors, access, parking and the way the event was run overall, this was a very positive race experience and with TG's willingness to listen to their community and a desire to always improve, I'm looking forward to what they continue to deliver in the future.
THE ELITE REPORT
True Grit saw the return of the Gilly Goat himself Quinton Gill to an OCR course who managed to just hold out Dylan Pardy for a win in the male elite event. I grabbed a chat with both of these lads at the finish line to hear that they had a great tit for tat race and you can catch that quick vid HERE Zane Kelehar followed the boys a few minutes later to take out third for the male race.
Joanna Hepton left the rest of the female field behind as usual to win the event for the women, it’s great to see that her foot is rehabbing nicely and she is returning to some of her regular pace. You can catch a chat I had with Joanna at the same link as the boys vid HERE (It is the second vid in the post) Dani Taylor took out the silver while Rachael Timperon placed third.
Thanks to everyone who came and said hello at the One Moore Rep tent over the weekend. We had a lot of fun hitting the course, running our burpee competition and giving free massages on Sunday! Thank you to Lauren from beinbody.acu for helping us massage tired athletes after hitting the course!
Congratulations to Vanisha who won our burpee competition picking up a free TG race entry for 2024 and a free running consultation with myself!
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