Curtis overcomes all obstacles in championships
LISMORE athlete Tony Curtis finished first in his 40-45 age division at the Obstacle Course Racing world championships in Canada.
Curtis completed the 3km course which was a combination of 14 obstacles constructed by builders from around the world.
"It was run as an individual time trial with 12 in each start,” Curtis said.
"I got to the start line not sure if my training had been sufficient to win this.
"But I got into my stride early on and took off from there getting a good clear run through all the obstacles.
"I couldn't believe it when I found I was in number one position.
"However there was still half the field to go so I had a long nervous wait.
"It was an incredible feeling to stand in the number one position on the podium in a world class field.
"It was a long time dream of mine come to fruition.”
It was the fourth year the event has been held, growing to attract 67 nations and over 4000 competitors for the weekend.
It was a course made for world championship calibre athletes with steep ski slopes covered in mud needing patience and agility, while complex obstacles required strength and skill.
Curtis used all his skills and composure to avoid penalties and complete the course.
"In the world championships if you do not complete an obstacle without fault you go to the retry line,” he said.
"You can have as many attempts as you like but have to wait in line.
"If you don't complete it you lose your wrist band and are not eligible for money or the podium.
"You also get a penalty of 10 minutes for failing an obstacle.
"The following day was a slip and slide the whole way.
"It was difficult to stay on your feet let alone run at race pace.
"I was a bit fatigued from the previous day and came 7th in the (40-49) age group.”