Tech Challenge watched by 8000

ST MARY'S College has made it back to back home town victories winning the 2011 Maryborough Tech Challenge.

The Maryborough school's Shooting Stars managed a record breaking 502 laps in the 24 hour marathon.

If they had travelled up the highway instead of round and round Maryborough, they would now be in Mackay.

Manager of the team Richard Postan said he was proud of the efforts of his side.

"I am proud of the boys, it was a very good weekend," he said.

Nanango State High School was second in the event while Aldridge State High School was third.

A record number of competitors took part this year with 117 teams competing across all categories

The challenge has built up from just 15 teams 10 years ago and is now the leading event of its type in the country.

The 8000 people who attended the event this year had to brave some chilly conditions over the 24 hours.

Temperatures dropped to about six degrees in the early hours and Fraser Coast council regional events officer Kim Griffith said the wind was "extremely gusty" during the course of the race.

The difficult conditions didn't stop the competitors from registering high top speeds.

In the Human Powered Vehicles event, competitors reached 59km/h on the first day of competition.

That dropped significantly as the fatigue set in on the second day.

Fraser Coast Anglican College's Darren Moes competed in the event for third time on the weekend and said he was disappointed he would not be able to compete again next year.

"It's great being part of a team, cheering each other on and supporting each other ," he said.

Darren only had three hours sleep over the weekend, but was still able to smile after the energy sapping 24 hour endurance test.


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