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A star-studded field of Olympians, World Champion adventure racers and sports stars are preparing to compete in the Swiss Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge this week, with the annual event getting underway in Launceston on Wednesday.
Webber, who finished sixth in this year's Formula 1 World Championship, established the five-day 350-kilometre race to raise money for charity in the off-season.
"I think to have some of the best Olympians in the world, triathletes, those sort of people which don't normally get dirty, they've got to be really on top of their game to take it to the people that are used to these conditions, used to this racing, the off-road element of it, camping at night," said Webber.
"It’s a little bit more uncomfortable for the people that haven't been exposed to that. They can put their body on the line, put their minds on the line, over the course of the week. It’s a sensational course. We haven't been to many of the parts before so it's virgin territory for us, which is exciting."
The event begins at Country Club Tasmania on Wednesday, with running, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting all on the agenda. Webber joins the action on Thursday, before the Challenge visits the East Coast and finishes in Hobart on Sunday.
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