Paul Hehir
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Toughest race on planet 'addictive' for Gympie athlete

SOMETIMES when people need some motivation in their lives, they may read a book or watch an inspiring movie.

They may even pay to go and watch a motivational speaker.

Not Paul Hehir. He goes and takes on one of the most gruelling adventure races on the planet.

The Spartan race is renowned the world over for its special forces selection course-type obstacles, including jumping through fire, crawling under barbed wire and hand burning rope climbs.

Recently returning from his latest race in Hawaii, Hehir said he started adventure racing as a way of staying motivated with his own fitness goals.

Paul Hehir
Paul Hehir Contributed

"I was looking for a challenge so I started looking overseas where these races were and I found one in Hawaii.

"It suited when I could go and how much it cost to get there so I set my sights on it.”

Held over distances of up to 20km, competitors tackle a variety of challenging obstacles in some of the most inhospitable terrain in the world, a concept that Hehir said can be addictive.

He will train for the same race in 2017.

Gympie Times


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