Braden Currie in action.
Braden Currie in action. PATRICK OKANE

Currie takes out adventure title

NEW Zealander Braden Currie emphatically marked his Anaconda Adventure Race National Series title intentions with an unchallenged win in the inaugural Noosa Anaconda Adventure Race on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Currie, who first registered on the adventure racing radar this time last year with a come-from-nowhere win on the Gold Coast, crossed the line more than five minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Victorian Jarad Kohlar.

A battle ensured for third place between another pair of Victorians, Reece Stephens and James Pretto, the latter losing his legs on the trail run, Stephens able to then hold off Pretto on the remaining kayak and beach run legs.

In a show of just how fast the solo elite males were today, five individual racers made it over the line before the first team entry crossed (teams often being faster due to sharing the athletic workload).

In the women's category, last year's Series champion, Deanna Blegg, began her season on a high note, smashing the new Noosa course in a time of 4:57:51.

"I loved the course," Blegg said.

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