AROC Sport was established in early 2003 by Tom Landon-Smith and Alina McMaster. Their inspiration originated from participation in the international series of Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge events organised by Mark Burnett between 1995 and 2002. Tom and Alina have extensive experience in outdoor sports. They were members of the Australian Cross-Country Ski Team between 1985 and 1994 and were the 2003 Australian 24 hour rogaining champions which was the first time a mixed team had won the championships. Between 1997 and 2006 they competed in numerous adventure races both locally and internationally.
AROC Sport is an outdoor event management business which specialises in:
Mountain Bike Races. Capital Punishment is held annually in Canberra in mid March. It attracts 2,000 riders who have a choice between a 50km course or a 100km course. The event takes riders across Canberra, utilising the best single tracks on offer. Other AROC Sport mountain bike events are the 100km Angry Doctor and 50km Irate Intern events at Mogo near Batemans Bay on the South Coast of NSW.
Ultra-Marathon Trail Run. Ultra Trail Australia is held annually in mid May in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, just west of Sydney. It is the most popular ultra trail run in the southern hemisphere, attracting 1,000 participants to the 100km run. In 2013, a 50km event was also introduced, and attracts a further 1000 participants and 2016 a 22km distance has been added to attract more trail runners to the event.
Adventure Races. AROC Sport began as an adventure racing company, and over the years has conducted approximately 60 adventure races in Canberra, Sydney, NSW Central Coast, NSW South Coast and Mt Buller. These events were held between 2003 and 2011 and included the AROC Adventures and Paddy Pallin Adventure Race Series (2.5 hour to 6 hour events), The Rat Race, Mouse Chase and The Urban Debacle in Canberra (6 and 12 hour events), AROC 24 in Canberra, AROC 24 in Batemans Bay and The Mountain Hardwear Edge of Reality 50 in Tuross.
Kayaking Event. Lifestart Kayak for Kids is held annually at the end of March on the spectacular Sydney Harbour. The event is for all ages and abilities, and is a fundraiser for kids charity, Lifestart. The course follows the northern shore of Sydney Harbour between Blues Point Reserve and Clontarf Beach and is 17.5km. The course goes into the beautiful harbour beaches where relay teams can swap paddlers. The event can be done in an AROC Sport triple seater kayak as a team of 3 paddling the whole way together or team of 4 to 12 doing a relay. It can also be done in an AROC Sport double seater kayak as a team of 2 paddling the whole way together or team of 3 to 8 doing a relay. It can also be done by people with their own kayaks. It is very popular amongst corporate teams. AROC Sport has a very large fleet of 3 person, plastic, sit-on-top kayaks which are used in the event and are also available for hire at other times.
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