Born and raised in Melbourne, Paul first experienced adventure sports while at University through the iconic Winter Classic race held at Mount Hotham and around Omeo. After ticking the Ironman box in 2004, the next calling was XPD Whitsundays… A real learning curve and eye opener that had him hooked. Having completed multiple expedition adventure races, along the way Dynamite Adventure Racing was formed, recruiting a team of friends predominantly who also live in or near his home town of Warrandyte.
He works as an environmental consultant and heads a foundation set up to raise funds for charities who are needing a helping hand with their fundraising efforts via an annual walk/run event.
During racing he loves the feeling of standing on top of a mountain that has taken the team all day to get to as well as sporting the scars of hours bashing through spine laden vegetation.
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Serge is running Adventure Junkie company since 2010, organising more than 30 events since he immigrated to Australia from Russia as a skilled migrant taking Maria with him. He has got more than 20 years of IT background incorporating teсhnical and management skills. His love to outdoor started early in his life, when he was skiing in winter and paddling white water in summer. No surprise he got hooked by adventure racing and since 2005 there would be a rare race which Serge missed out. He is always in search of new challenges and loves exploring new destinations and set up legendary tough courses. He has finished 2 AR World Championships being ranked 10th and 7th, and also a successful rogainer winning most of Victorian events and being top ten (5th and 10th) in two World Rogaining Champs. He loves to share the excitement of adventure racing with everyone.
Maria has been managing differing events since 2008, she has got Russian legal degree, Australian business and management diplomas, wilderness first aid certificates, surf lifesaving bronze medallion. In addition to that she is super energetic and enthusiastic about adventure racing. She has cross-country skiing and archery biathlon background where she represented Russia and won 4 World Championships in juniors.
Since 2006 she has been adventure racing all around the world and successfully finished in more than 20 Expedition races, her most remarkable finishes are Patagonian Expedition Race, Bull of Africa, World Champs in Portugal, XPD Alps and list goes on. In other words, she knows what adventure racing is all about. In 2017 she finished 11th in Coast to Coast NZ and 3d in World Rogaining Championship. She is also a mom of 3-year-old boy.