Ona Mission: Adventure in Tropical Paradise

Gearing up for Ona Mission: (L-R) Kathy White, Richard Blanchette and Charlotte Sharpe are counting down to the annual event at Mission Beach and Dunk Island.

Are you ready for an adventure in tropical paradise?  Registrations have opened for the longest-running multisport event in North Queensland – the Ona Mission Multisport Adventure Race at Mission Beach and on Dunk Island.

Event director Richard Blanchette said the town was preparing for an influx of runners, bike riders and paddlers on the weekend of Sunday 19 September, and many locals were also in training.

“We have solo and team entries and two course distances because this event has always been about getting out there and giving it a go, as well as competitive racing,’’ he said.

“Every year we’re seeing more locals and we’re expecting record numbers this year with the new Paradise Runs group in Mission Beach on Saturday mornings and the growth of the Mission Beach Outrigger Canoe Club. It’s a great incentive to get out there and start training.

“We also have a strong following in Townsville and Cairns, and further afield.”

Ona Mission begins with a paddle to Dunk Island and a run through world-heritage rainforest to the island’s lookout. After paddling back to the mainland, competitors hit the beach and rainforest trails on their mountain bikes before a final run leg on the sand.

Mission Beach’s Kathy White has been competing or volunteering in the event for years. 

“I love being part of this race every year. With the rainforest, beach and island courses, Ona Mission perfectly showcases the beautiful area that we live in,’’ she said.

“There’s nothing like racing in your own backyard when it’s a backyard like this one.’’

To find out more about the Ona Mission Multisport Adventure Race, to register for the event or show your interest as a volunteer, visit the Cassowary Coast Multisport Club website at www.ccmclub.org.au. 

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