Wurtulla's David Schloss (right) crosses the finish line with team-mates Kathryn Preston, Damon Goerke and Leo Theoharis.
Wurtulla's David Schloss (right) crosses the finish line with team-mates Kathryn Preston, Damon Goerke and Leo Theoharis.

Schloss in first Australian team home at AR World Champs

WURTULLA adventure racer David Schloss has just crossed the finish line of one of the world's toughest events.

Schloss, together with team-mates Kathryn Preston, Damon Goerke and Leo Theoharis, were the first Australian team home in a dramatic sprint finish after more than 100 hours of racing at the Adventure Racing World Championship.

They finished sixth overall, one minute ahead of fellow Australians in team Adventurejunkie featuring Hugh Stodart, Sergey Kurov, Josh Street and Bernadette Dornom. Schloss's team crossed the line seventh, but were elevated to sixth as team Estonian ACE Adventure had to serve a two hour penalty.

Five teams finished within 11 minutes of each other.

Starting last Thursday in the Shoalhaven region in New South Wales, 99 teams from more than 30 countries will competed over a 600km course as part of the . During that time competitors navigated their way across challenging terrain where they will trekked, ran, mountain biked, kayaked and use ropes for ascending and descending.

The event was won by New Zealand team Seagate, followed by Adventure Medica Kits and Columbia Vidaraid - both from the United States.

Still on course are Kawana nuclear medicine physician Andrew Paszkowski and Buderim sonographer Ian Stewart, and Currimundi engineer Gary Palmer.

The event is open to mixed teams of four, where there must be at least one woman.

Wurtulla's David Schloss with son Kyson at the finish.
Wurtulla's David Schloss with son Kyson at the finish.

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