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November 21, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Tourism brand Pure Tasmania has thrown its support behind two Tasmanian locals who will be competing against elite athletes in the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge.

Mark Hinder and Alexander Hunt from the University of Tasmania will join forces for the first time to combat professional athletes in the grueling adventure race that will take place between 27 November – 1 December 2013. Sponsored by Pure Tasmania, the pair have fought the constraints of full time university and work commitments to make sure they are race ready for the intense adventure race. Preparation for the event has been a hurdle as they brace themselves for the exhausting physical experience. Pure Tasmania has backed the duo to transfer their high performing mental ability into a physical one. While this is Alexʼs first year competing in the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, Mark knows the feeling of victory after winning the adventure race in 2011.

Contender Mark Hinder says, “Itʼs been tough to draw that line between having a professional career and preparing to compete in a race amongst professional athletes. Itʼs daunting to think that our training time is half of other professional contestants.”

Mark and Alex both attend the University of Tasmania; Mark as an academic researcher and Alex as a student. Mark Hinder is a neuroscientist specializing in stroke rehabilitation and Alex is an engineering student majoring in civil and structural engineering. Not to be outdone in the physical realm, the pair have an impressive list of accomplishments within the sporting arena. Alex Hunt has competed in three international adventure races in China while Mark Hinder has tallied nine Ironman triathlons to his name as well as 10 marathons.

After years competing against one another in Tasmanian marathons and triathlons the pair have finally partnered together.

Mark Hinder says, “Itʼs going to be a case of old bull, young bull this year. While Alex is younger than me I have managed to beat him a few times in past races!”

Alex Hunt says, “We are two guys who have had to balance our work and study obligations with our training regime. This balancing act will make it all the more exciting should we win.”

Pure Tasmaniaʼs Matt Casey shares his thoughts on the duo and their race, “Tasmania is such a wild, and in many ways, untouched place. Itʼs definitely going to be a challenge for all contestants but we are confident that Mark and Alex can rattle a few competitors this year.”

The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will see the contestants traverse over 350km of Tasmaniaʼs wild and rugged landscape. Teams in this years race will be pitted against the wild West Coast as the mountain bike, run, trek and kayak through the region.

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