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The Racing Pulse - March

7th March 2023  

Jabulani Challenge

Saturday 1st April, 2023
Bobbin Head, NSW

The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a stunning destination for trail runners. With its exposed sandstone cliffs, sparkling waterways, stunning bushland and glorious track network, the park really is the perfect location to push your limits and clock the trail KMs. Run for a cause, part of your entry cost goes directly to South African charity Love To Give. Read more about our long standing partnership and their mission HERE.

Jabulani is a Zulu word meaning “rejoice”. Those who run the Jabulani Challenge will feel that unique joy that comes with challenge. Whether you enjoy the preparation and training that goes into getting ready for an event, the thrill of running the trails with like-minded individuals, or the sense of achievement and happiness that comes with finishing a challenge, we invite you to come and experience it all at this year’s Jabulani Challenge.

With distance options 12km, 22km and 45km, there’s a challenge to suit every level of runner. Don’t delay on securing your spot, entries are selling fast!



Saturday 10th February 2024
Max Adventure Race Series
Cams Wharf, Lake Macquarie, NSW

Saturday 18th May 2024
The Great Adventure Challenge
Within 3 hours of Sydney, NSW



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Raffertys Coastal Run
Saturday 15th July, 2023
Lake Macquarie, NSW

Raffertys Coastal Run returns to its July date in 2023, and entries are now open! If you missed out on an entry to the last edition – or loved the event so much you want to run again – put July 15th in your calendar today!

The Raffertys Coastal Run course winds through the Wallarah National Park, taking runners on a journey from calm lake shore to rugged coast line. You will pass through varied terrain from bushland single track to ridgetop fire trail, coastal heath, rock platforms and let’s not forget those stunning sandy beaches.

Whether you are up for the 12km, 22km or 36km, sign up now and start planning your Lake Macquarie weekend away. Find out what makes this race, and location, so special.

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Event Wrap Up

Max Adventure Race Lake Macquarie

Saturday 11 February

Lake Macquarie, NSW

Over 350 excited adventure racers gathered on the shores of pristine Lake Macquarie on Saturday for the first leg of the 2023 Max Adventure Race Series. There was a broad cross section of participants, serious (or not so serious) teams on the longest Classic Course, plenty of first-timers lining up for the Novice Course and over 50 younger racers on the brand-new Kids Course.

The hot weather made the course tougher than normal with one experienced team calling it the toughest course in a decade. Congratulations to all teams that tackled the course and gave it their all, you should all be stoked at your achievements!

The course either started or finished with a paddle on Lake Macquarie then the teams rode up and over to the ocean side of the Pacific Hwy. Next up was the rogaine section of the course, for many teams this was their favourite leg, seeing the different strategies and route choices play out. Did teams collect the checkpoints along the coastal rock platforms that were a bit further away? Or did they tackle the off-track navigation to collect those checkpoints closer to the transition area?

After the rogaine the teams rode back across to the lake side of the course and the welcome site of the finish line. 

Earlier in the day over 50 younger racers participated in the first ever Kids Course at this venue. The kids were full of energy and embraced the challenge, mountain biking (most even took on the more technical route choice), a quick kayak on the lake followed by a water side run leg to finish off. There were plenty of tired smiles at the end, smiles that grew even wider when the finishers medal was hung around their necks.

Thanks to our event sponsors Lake Macquarie City Council and Wilde Isotonic for their support and thanks to the crew from 1st Belmont Scout group who were manning the BBQ all day and to our legendary volunteers who came along to assist on the day.

Entries for the next NSW leg of the Max Adventure Race series in the Royal National Park, Sydney on the 3rd of June, are now open so sign up HERE and start planning your next event in the great outdoors. We are pretty confident it won’t be as hot in June!

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