A mass of unprecedented obstacles failed to deter the running of a successful adventure race in the Capes at the weekend. Rough conditions caused by cyclone Seroja in the State’s north, and a 2.5m shark sighting just 45 minutes before the start of the swim leg were no deterrents for 1500 athletes in Rapid Ascent’s X-Adventure Dunsborough. Before the short course event on Saturday, a shark was spotted north-east of the course by the Surf Life Saving Westpac Helicopter. Water safety teams were then able to guide the unknown species of shark out to sea before the race started “The helicopter did a sweep over the course and identified a large fish ... it didn’t approach any closer and we were given the go-ahead from Volunteer Marine Rescue teams,” race director Sam Maffett said. Sunday’s premier long course recorded 40mm of rain and wind of about 20 knots, and Maffett said the rough weather made the event a “real adventure race”. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going — and that’s exactly what we saw,” he said. Brendon Dimmer and Kristen Gardner triumphed in the long course to be crowned State champions, earning a start in September’s ITU World Triathlon Championships. Victoria’s Emanuel Hovette finished 10 minutes behind Dimmer after a DNF was handed to his biggest rival Zeke Tinley due to a popped tyre. “Overall, it was a pretty tough day out, especially when the rain came in on the bike, but I am happy with the win,” Dimmer said. WA’s Gardner battled against Victorian multiple age group World Champion Kate Bramley to snag the top spot in her fifth year of podium finishes at X-Adventure with a time of 2:49.57. The long course included a 1500m ocean swim, 12km trail run, and a 20km mountain bike with a Short Course, Aquathlon and two kids events adding to the excitement of the weekend.